May 25, 2016

Thrive

I purchased a plant in early spring. I selected an attractive vine to grow on a beautiful trellis in the back corner of our yard. It looked great when I brought it home, leaves healthy and green, blooms in vibrant color. My husband dug a deep hole and planted it, then carefully wrapped the delicate tendrils of the vine around the trellis, and we watered it and looked forward to new growth and a flowering plant to enjoy among the others in the flower garden.

Then it went through a phase I would guess was transplant shock, so I tended to it with large doses of loving care. This involved more watering, fertilizer, pruning, and daily checking on its progress. Nothing I did seemed to make it thrive as I hoped it would do.

Instead of thriving, the best way to describe my new vine was to say it’s alive and hanging in there. I was disappointed because I wanted more for this new vine. I wanted it to thrive. 

As I wished for more for this struggling new plant of mine, my thoughts turned to people and how we sometimes live our lives. We are alive. Breathing, walking, existing, and going through our days with little hope and few expectations. We are often merely hanging in there. But not thriving. Not embracing the fullness and richness that God intends for us to experience in our daily walk with Him.

For my plant that was hanging in there, I continued to tend to it and hoped that it would eventually thrive. For you and for me…we can make a choice concerning how we live. We can do better than just hanging in there. There is a much better way. We can choose to thrive.

Let’s claim the fullness of JOY and abundant life Christ came to give us when our lives are hidden in His. We can live in the promise of John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 

Meditate on these verses and claim them each new day. With these verses hidden in your heart, you will walk in the joy of the Lord.

John 10:10  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Psalm 5:12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!  Selah  

While you tend to your garden, coaxing plants to grow - watching them flourish under your diligent care, I hope you will think about flourishing in your own personal journey with the Lord. God has more for us than just hanging in there. He has so much more to offer us – He wants us to Thrive!