My Grandmother’ favorite plant was a daisy bush in her front yard. All the neighbors admired it and she would cut off a shoot, root it and give it to them. It gave her great pleasure to do this. When we moved into our house, she wanted to give us a shoot. We never did take one because we just didn’t seem to have room for it. When she went to heaven and her house was sold, it was in winter. I couldn’t dig up the daisy plant and I felt sorry to leave it behind.
A few years later, when I was writing Lessons I learned from the Lord, the Lord would bring to my mind daisies very often. I didn’t realize it at the time, but on the day Lessons I learned from the Lord was accepted for publishing, God brought to mind a daisy! Several months later, when it was time to pick a book cover, I wondered if I would make the right choice. When the possible covers arrived from the publisher, I knew exactly which one to pick. You guessed it – the one with the daisies!
About three years ago, I decided to buy a daisy plant like the one my Grandmother had. I carefully picked one out and planted it in a spot in my garden. But it didn’t do very well in that spot and last year looked like it would die. At the end of the summer I transplanted it to another spot. This spring it came back healthy and very bushy – lots of leaves!
It got me to thinking that sometimes things have to be moved around and put in a different place to prosper. Many times change is needed so that we can grow. The transplanting may be uncomfortable at first – some of our roots may even break. But the new soil will help them go deeper. We won’t be bound in the pot, but have room to grow.
There are situations in life that may tear us apart. It may seem as if we’ll never grow or be the same again. But although it seems like we’ll never recuperate from the trauma, God will tenderly put us in a place where we’ll be able to expand and grow even more than before.
Birth is trauma for a baby. Yet to stay in the womb is not to grow to full potential. The cord has to be cut, even though it’s scary to be on your own. It’s just a new phase of life. We needed the former to grow into the person we are. We needed the change to grow into the person we are to become. Both are beautiful times of growth.
At the end of our natural life in the flesh, comes another birth – we call it death, but it’s not death except to our old bodies. It’s re-birth into our new eternal life that brings us into our fullness.
There are many times in our lives when we feel “ripped out” of our old pots. But as we get over the change, we find we’ll grow into our new place and what God has for us. It’s not the same, but if we trust in the Lord, He will cause us to blossom again.