The Spider Plant

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

Whoever thought a spider plant could teach someone a lesson.

Well the plant I have did.

On the front patio leading to my apartment I proudly display my spider plant. This plant is proof that regardless of how grim the circumstances may appear, we should not quit, neither should we allow our perceived limitations to prevent us from walking into our purpose.

Nearly a year ago, a co-worker suggested that I adopt a spider plant which was abandoned by its owner. Many of us had been working remotely for close to a year, so I knew the owner was never returning for the sad looking plant.

Two leaves rested in a small butter dish in a thin layer of soil. Knowing little about plants then, and having earned the title “plant killer”, I took it to my brother and asked him, “Can it live?” His quick “yeah man!” was reassuring. (By the way I am a woman)

When my brother eventually took the plant back to me, I was impressed.

Now, in a somewhat larger container, it had managed to put out another leaf. Over a period of time it began putting out more leaves and I felt like a proud mama. Then I began to wonder, “what would happen if I placed it in a larger container?”

Well, my brother told me what to do, and so, one Saturday afternoon, I transplanted my plant, putting it in a larger flower pot using soil purchased at the local haberdashery.

With more room to grow, the spider plant began to flourish. She now has two long stems, with tiny little white flowers. She also has numerous tiny off shoot. She simply needed room to grow.

Many people today are like this plant. We may have started out with hopes and dreams, but then the reality of life set in. Friends and family are busy with their owns lives, and we may feel alone, but we are not. God is always with us. Do not quit. Better is coming. God has a plan for your life. This is not the end.

Additionally, if you look carefully, you may notice that one person who keeps encouraging you. While the plant was left abandoned in the office, there was one lady who, occasionally, gave it a little water. That was what kept it alive.

When she was no longer able to take care of the plant, she asked me, the plant killer, to take it home and care for it. I didn’t know how to, but I knew someone who did. Sometimes your help will come from the least qualified person. Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance. He will work with a willing heart, even if the knees are feeble.

God always provides someone to watch over us. We do not need a crowd, just one person with a righteous heart. Sometimes you meet that person through someone else, because God knows how to network.

Finally, watch your thoughts. Dream big. Do not let your current situation dictate your future. This is not the end. God has more in store for you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the lessons learnt from observing this plant. Lord I pray that we will never allow ourselves to settle in any situation that you did not ordain for us, but Father, please show us the open doors that You have provided and give us the courage to walk through it, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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