New Growth

King Solomon wrote: Whenever I tried to become wise and learn what goes on in the world, I realized that you could stay awake night and day, and never be able to understand what God is doing. However hard you try, you will never find out. The wise may claim to know, but they don’t. Ecclesiastes 8:16, 17.

As I returned home today, I looked at the trees whose branches are without cover until the spring season. I soon became fixated on the bare tree limbs, the frigid temperature, and the gray clouds, which prompted me to make a negative comment regarding the dreariness of the long winter days.

When we pulled into the driveway, my attention was immediately drawn to the shrubs in our yard, whose leaves were bursting with two different shades of green. At first glance, it appeared that the change in the color of the leaves was an indication of poor health. However, once I was in front of the bushes, I realized that the small branches with the lighter shade of silvery green leaves were new growth. During the past three days of a sunless sky and gray clouds bursting with torrential rain, the shrubbery appeared to have doubled in size.

How was this plant growth possible? Most of our winter has been cloudy with a few days of sunshine, and sparse rain, definitely not conditions for optimal growth. As I reviewed the definition of photosynthesis, I realized that my understanding of the power of God is limited by my finite mind. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each bearing fruit with seed according to its kind.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11 BSB. Instead of using a scientific journal as a reference point, I should have picked up my Bible and read Genesis the first chapter on the Creation.

We serve a powerful and loving God who does not change. His faithfulness, His grace, and His mercies are not dependent upon our limited understanding. Scientific research will not help us to understand His thoughts or His ways. Whether our days are bleak or full of sunshine, all God asks of us is to have complete faith in Him. If we do our part, then He will provide the perfect mixture of sun and rain that is necessary for our relationship with Him to experience bountiful and unlimited growth.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020

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Author: steps2successwithsolutions

By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.