This is My Father’s World: Musings on the Beauty of God’s Creation

I love how God’s creativity is displayed in nature, especially through all of the beautiful plants he created. This is my newest experiment: attempting to root a ZZ plant from a leaf. Apparently, it takes a long time. A very long time.

I started this leaf and another almost three months ago, and there’s no sign of anything happening yet. But I’m holding out hope that one of these days, I’ll see a little sign of life–the tiniest new leaf, poking up out of the soil, or maybe the white, hairy curl of a new little root, feeling its way down to where the water is.

It’s kind of hard to be a gardener (even a houseplant gardener) without hope, you know? We plant seeds, and then we wait. We hope for spring. We hope for more blooms, or fewer bugs, or cooler temperatures. We pray for rain.

Last night at Bible study, we talked about this very thing…holding out hope when we don’t see any change. When the ground is dry or the branch is dead. When you’ve prayed the same prayer a thousand times. Don’t give up. He who called you is faithful. And one of these days, you’re going to see the tiniest sprout of green and know that your hope was not in vain.

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