Which Plant Are You?

The bible is full of reference to various plants.
First, there is the birth of the earth and our gift from God of plants and trees.
Genesis 1:29-30
Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.

Then, the reference to vegetation, when not planted in the right place, will not survive.
2 Kings 19:26
Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength, They were dismayed and put to shame; They were as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb, As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.

Another reference points to plants thriving, with deep roots.
Job 8:16-19
"He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over his garden." His roots wrap around a rock pile, He grasps a house of stones. "If he is removed from his place, Then it will deny him, saying, 'I never saw you.'"Behold, this is the joy of His way; And out of the dust others will spring.

Within Psalms, an herb is addressed as a cleansing agent.
Psalm 51:7
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
(OK, I had to look that last plant up – hyssop is an aromatic herb, brightly colored, and is often used as medicine.)

And, of course, the one reference so many of us know so well, which points directly to the quality and depth of our faith.
Matthew 17:2
“Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Our faith and the roots of our faith can take on plant-like qualities at different times of our days, our weeks, our months, and even our lives. Sometimes, we need to grow deep into the ground like a rhubarb or tomato – rely on our faith-roots – to get us through some challenge we are facing. Other times, we want to spread the joy and sense of peace, like a wildflower, sharing our faith with all whom we come in contact. Yet other times, we want our faith to be or provide a stable, reliable, solid trunk, with deep roots and extended branches, like an old maple tree.

With respect to your faith, today, do you view it as a lavender plant, which grows like crazy with a scent that fills the air? Is it a maple tree that has deep roots, and grants shade to all plants around it? Is your faith more like a sunflower with seeds too numerous to count? Is it like the hyssop which spreads rapidly and shares its healing nature?

Or, when it comes to your faith, are you the gardener, who plucks the weeds, covers it when the season turns cold, and ensures that all the different varieties of plants that grow within your garden can thrive? What a blessing it is, that each day is filled with different faith experiences and needs, just like the various plants on our earth, with their many characteristics.

Sarah Thompson


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