Sunday, March 22, 2009

So that's what you mean...

John 15:5, "I am the vine. You are the branches. If a man remains in me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing."

Have you ever tried to grow an orchid? I just love the way they look. So artistic. So precise. But, unfortunately, I've never had much luck in growing them. I seem to either give them too much water or too little. Too much sunlight or not enough. After a few short weeks under my care, orchids usually pass away and join the ranks of all the other trying plants that I just couldn't quite properly care for. I took this picture a few weeks ago. It's an orchid. Actually, to be precise, it's an orchid that I've had since the beginning of October. Are you as astounded as I am? It even made it successfully through the move with us. I hadn't really stopped to consider how long I'd managed to keep the plant alive until just this weekend. That's when it hit me. I haven't really done anything for this plant. I just set it in one place in the house for a while, and then I move it to another. Once a blue moon and when I think about it, I soak its pot in a little luke warm water. Somebody told me to do that once.

"What's the point, Lindsey? Get on with it!" I'm sure you're thinking.

Well, the point is, orchids are great reminders of how we need to live in the Lord. We just need to remain in Him. Just as this orchid has remained in my care, we must remain in His care. It may seem like nothing is happening and that He has forgotten about us, but the truth of the matter is, He's working under the surface. When we can't see growth or fruit, that means that His work is in the roots. Remain in Him, sweet friend.


the undomesticated wife said...

Good relation to the scripture! It really simplifies it, doesn't it?

As for orchids, I've always wanted to try but haven't. They are pricey, and knowing my background with houseplants, I just assume leave them be. ;) If I want to try a new plant, I go for the cheaper ones "just in case" they don't make it. LOL Orchids sure are beautiful though.

Unknown said...

I have received about 4 orchid plants in the last few months from friends. I love orchids but don't know much about caring for them. I hand them over to my green thumb husband and he manages to keep them alive and beautiful. I am excellent at admiring them. We work very well as a team in that respect:) I like how you relate scripture in your post. You are a spiritual inspiration for me.

Anonymous said...

Nicely said!