I have two plants on my office desk; one snake plant and one money plant. Both were bought at the same time and each had a purpose (apparently one is good at giving out oxygen and the other absorbing toxins).
Over the 4 months I have taken care of them, I have learnt much about caring for living things. They require much attention and for some reason, when something doesn’t look right you immediately panic and think the plant is dying.
Interestingly, both plants have very different characteristics; one is fragile the other tough, one is slow growing the other fast. For example, the money tree grows very rapidly and leaves sprout on a daily basis. The snake plant on the other hand, well, got me quite worried because it had not sprouted a new leaf in over two months! I was thinking this plant wasn’t doing so well.
Then lo and behold! Today I found a small shoot growing from the centre. I was seriously excited (I’m weird like that). It got me thinking about my own walk with God and those of others. Some people we come across at church grow very fast like the money plant and their fruits are very evident. Some take longer and take very long to mature. But I guess like the variety of life on this Earth, God also made us to be different and allows us room to individually grow at a pace which pleases Him.
A friend once said that all living things are either in a state of growth or deterioration – there is little stagnation (which is usually deterioration if so). But one thing is for sure, that God calls us to be transformed day by day into the likeness of His Son, Jesus in speech, action, thought, and spirit.
The plants also represent an individual in different phases of our life. The money plant looks vibrant and green. The snake plant (maybe its a name discrimination…) looks a little barren at times. My walk with God is sometimes like that. Sometimes fruitful, sometimes not. But in both times, there is still growth – just slower. But bear in mind, each full grown stem of the snake plant is very strong compared to the flimsy money plant leaves. So perhaps in trials and tribulation, we endure and the fruit (leaf) that is grown out of that barren time is much more solid.
There is so much more God is teaching me through my two little plants on my desk are teaching me each and everyday. (Don’t even get me started on maintenance and pruning!). And I thank God for His sustaining grace every day and the ultimate grace of His Son. He is good and to know His goodness is really the greatest gift; salvation through Jesus Christ.
“I tell you this: Do not worry about your life. Do not worry about what you are going to eat and drink. Do not worry about what you are going to wear. Is not life more important than food? Is not the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant seeds. They do not gather grain. They do not put grain into a building to keep. Yet your Father in heaven feeds them! Are you not more important than the birds? Which of you can make himself a little taller by worrying? Why should you worry about clothes? Think how the flowers grow. They do not work or make cloth. But I tell you that Solomon in all his greatness was not dressed as well as one of these flowers. God clothes the grass of the field. It lives today and is burned in the stove tomorrow. How much more will He give you clothes? You have so little faith! Do not worry. Do not keep saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘What will we wear?’ The people who do not know God are looking for all these things. Your Father in heaven knows you need all these things. First of all, look for the holy nation of God. Be right with Him. All these other things will be given to you also. Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own worries. The troubles we have in a day are enough for one day.