Today's Guest Blogger is Tiffany from http://songbirdtiff.blogspot.com/ . Thanks Tiffany!
When the warm days of Spring come around, I know it’s time to put my fragile seedlings outside. After nearly a month of nurturing, watering, and talking nicely to them, it’s time to introduce them to the elements. It seems kind of harsh to thrust these sensitive beings outside suddenly after being coddled. The sun is hot, the wind harsh.
Still, it must be done. It is necessary for their survival.
This process is called weathering. We put our seedlings outside a few hours at a time, a little more each day, to make them strong. The gentle breeze helps my tomato plants grow sturdy stalks and encourages their roots to dig deeper. The introduction of direct sun teaches my plants to produce food on a larger scale, promoting overall growth, and before long my growing plant develops a needful relationship with the sun, a relationship necessary for the plants very survival.
If, instead of weathering, I continued to create a comfortable environment for my plants what would happen? I could keep them inside, protected, until it’s time to do their job. You see, the ultimate destiny of these plants is to produce fruit. I could put my delicate seedlings outside when they reach the required size and some would survive, perhaps a little worse for wear, but most would not. The shock of the bright sun (otherwise a source of food), beating of a gentle rain (otherwise meant for nourishment), and a stiff wind is too big of a burden for that little seedling to bear.
I believe that The Lord weathers us. A gentle breeze here, a good watering there. He grows us, encouraging our roots to expand, our stalks strong. It may seem harsh, or unfair, but these trials prepare us for what is to come. You see, ultimately, we are meant to produce fruit.
Hurricane winds come, the sun is relentless, but lately I have been praising God for weathering. I am blessed to have deep roots, surrounded by people who encourage and challenge me daily. Weekly teaching of the truth of The Word makes my stalk hardy so that when those winds come, I have the strength to withstand. My growing leaves are creating a needful relationship with The Son. I pray that the fruit that I produce is pure and selfless, so that my son can see what a Godly woman is meant to be.
Without weathering, I would not survive.
Tiffany is a mom, wife, and animal lover who blogs at Songbirdtiff.
Her newest adventure will begin in March of 2012 with the launch of
20by20: A Journey of Reckless Gardening.