And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
I love growing things, but sadly, growing things do not love me. Finding indoor plants easier (no weeding!) I decided to try an experiment this year and planted a few bedding plants in pots by my south-facing window. The peppers are doing shockingly well, but by mid July it was clear that the tomatoes were not. They were spindly, the leaves were browning, and the stalk was weak.
I found a tomato cage and carefully positioned the plants inside it, but even the most careful movement caused some of the weak branches to break off. One of the plants recovered somewhat but the other was in rough shape and even after pruning off all the dead growth I have pretty much lost hope of ever seeing a tomato grow on it.
How like those plants we are. Without the storms of the outdoors they never developed strength. And as weak as they were, they were unable to produce much fruit. So often we take the “easy” route only to discover that it leads only to emptiness and away from our purpose.
What God calls us to will not be easy. But it will always be good. It will strengthen us and make us fruitful. And He will give us the courage to withstand any storm that comes our way.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever. (John 14:16)
The King James translates “Helper” as “Comforter. We think of a comforter as someone to help us in difficult times, and the Holy Spirit does do that. But comfort literally means with strength. (from the Latin, cum forte) The Holy Spirit came to give us strength to do God’s will.
So when the storms of life come, don’t run inside. Stand with courage and hold on to your Comforter who gives you strength!
Keep Seeking the Kingdom!