Consider the Marigold
from a crack in the sidewalk…
These two self-seeded marigold plants grew this summer from the sand in the cracks of our cement patio. Marigolds usually grow better in poorer soil and tougher places than under ideal conditions. The difficult conditions force their roots to grow stronger and their stems hardier in their effort to effectively use what nutrition and water they can find.
You never know what seeds God has planted in our lives, or where he’s planted them. The tougher the conditions, the more we seek the Lord, the nourishment found only in His presence. Our roots cling to the only source of strength–Jesus, His Spirit and Word, growing vigorous and strong in the household of our Father God.
And he will make its wilderness like Eden
and its desert like the garden of Yahweh
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
thanksgiving and the sound of song.
No matter what the circumstances, dear Father, you are there, teaching us to abide in nothing else but You, because You are the only source of our nourishment and strength. Thank you for Your incomprehensible love that tenderly cares for every detail of our lives, growing us to be strong and kind, like You. You’re maturing us to a place of complete joy, fullness of life, and freedom everlasting.