This plant moved with our boxes from Shearwater to the parsonage in Digby Neck last April. When we returned from all our spring and summer travels it was still alive. This fall, in the midst of packing, sorting, and weekend church visits, I forgot to water it. The leaves began to fall off. It looked like a stick in a plant pot. Every time I walked in the room and saw it, I thought, “I guess it’s dead. I should just get rid of it.”, but for some reason, I never did. Then in December, I saw green shoots! And they turned into leaves! With a big, excited smile, Cori told me that she had started to water it. It somehow managed to survive my neglect. She saw the potential where I saw decay. The plant is still alive and growing!
I can’t help but think there is a lesson for me there. Something about growth and new life, perhaps! 2018 was an unbelievable year, with many ups, and many downs. At times I wondered how we would get through. I learned a lot about resiliency, and hope. Sometimes, I was overwhelmed by our circumstances, and lost perspective. I learned that we are stronger than I thought. I learned that it is ok to stop striving and simply rest. And I learned (again!) what it means to rely fully on God.
As I look ahead to 2019, I am excited for what lies ahead. I know the year will present its own unique challenges and changes, but I can’t wait to see what God has in store. He is Lord of my life, and Lord over our circumstances, and Lord of all.
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” – Psalm 52:8-9
“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
Happy New Year!