Our local supermarket is doing another one of those promotions. You know the one, where somehow your own children pester you so they can collect the last remaining gimmicky plastic thing. Except this time the supermarket have played their hand well, and the gimmicky thing my kids want to collect is little pots, with seeds, and soil.
We planted some this weekend, and we are watching them grow. So far the radish and the rocket are far outstripping the other plants. The kids are so excited to see the shoots unfurl from the soil and then go green as each day progresses.
But these plants don’t grow without attention.
We have to remember to place them in a sunny spot, and water them regularly. When they get too big for the tiny pot they are in, we will need to repot them. We cannot just leave them be or they will dry out and die.
It is a quiet rite of spring to tend to our garden. I find it interesting that the word tend is related to the word attention, they both have the same latin origin.
So as a final reflection for this spring, I wonder are you just letting life carry you along? Or are there some shifts you need to make in your everyday? Are you in need of something extra, maybe peace or stability? What would help you to grow?
Where in your life do you need to pay attention?
I leave you with Jesus’ words, this beautiful picture of a vine that has been well tended.
Peace be with you today,
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.John 15:5-8 (NIV)