Something caught my attention this morning as I walked through the garden, harvesting the morning’s asparagus. I went out a bit earlier than usual today because we are supposed to have some potentially destructive storms come through our area and I wanted to protect what I could and harvest what I couldn’t protect.
Then the wind picked up, the storm clouds began to swirl, and rain drops began to fall. It was at this moment, I noticed it. Maybe I noticed it before, but it never stuck with me like this.
At the moment I was trying to shelter “my” plants from the storm, they were reaching out toward it. Each plant was standing at attention with its leaves stretched skyward, waiting for the nourishment that this storm would bring. That got me thinking…
How often do we cower and try to wait out the storms that come into our lives? If we learn from our surroundings, the plants respond to storms in a completely different way than we instinctively do. They don’t cower from storms like they do from a hot sun. They “know” that within the storms lie a perfect opportunity for growth; an opportunity that they aren’t going to miss. So they reach for it… making themselves vulnerable to being destroyed… taking such a risk!
And it never fails! After each storm I don’t see dead plants in my raised beds, I see plants that are full of life and energy; plants that are ready to produce what they were created to produce.
So the next time you feel a storm of life approach and you start to feel a bit nervous, consider the plants. What potential is there for growth? Fulfillment of such potential doesn’t come without risks, so maybe… just maybe…
Instead of hiding and waiting for the storm to pass, maybe it’s time to reach out for the opportunity for growth that this storm might bring.
You might be surprised how full of life you are when the storm is over.