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I knew it was not the best time to do what I was about to do, but my bag of potting mix had sat there for long enough. So out came my trowel and off I went to fix those pot plants of mine.

Some time back, a friend had given me three orchid plants. Somehow they had survived my ignorance and neglect, but they badly needed more soil around them. So, as gently as I could, I refilled each pot, taking care not to disturb those loose roots that had been searching for more nourishment.

2016-05-20 11.32.18Now it was onto my next project. Our son and his family had given me a beautiful peace lily for Mothers’ Day, which was still in its plastic pot inside a pretty, blue ceramic one. So, again as carefully as I could, I removed the plant and settled it in its new, bigger home, all the while adding more potting mix.

As I did both tasks, I could not help thinking of God’s loving nurture in my own life. Here I was, trying to be gentle with each plant so they would not be damaged, willing them to keep growing and hoping they would flourish—especially my lovely Mothers’ Day gift. And when I watered them, I held that hose so carefully, making sure the water only trickled into those pots and did not wash out all the new potting mix. At times, I even sensed God’s voice whispering to me: ‘This is how I tenderly care for you, Jo-Anne—and all my children! This is my heart for you, now and always.

Next, I checked on my three chrysanthemum bushes. Over a year ago, on Mothers’ Day 2015, our son had given these to his sisters and me. The chrysanthemums were then in small pots, but, after they had finished flowering, I replanted all three in my garden, since our daughters live in apartment blocks. I kept watering them and treating them2016-05-06 14.11.48 with as much care as I could until, to my great surprise, all three began to flourish. And imagine my delight when, just in time for Mothers’ Day this year, 2016, each one was covered in blooms—white, purple and golden! Now as I looked, it was as if God was whispering something else to me: ‘See how these plants blossomed all over again because you didn’t give up on them? That’s how my love works in your own life too.

I came inside then, sat down at my desk and noticed my Bible was open at 1 Corinthians 13. Verse 4 soon caught my eye:

Love is patient, love is kind.

Yes, that’s what I had sensed about God’s love for me, as I carefully tended my pot plants. And now Paul is saying I need to mirror this same love to others.

Then I came to verse 7:

(Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Yes, that’s how God treats me too, as I had been reminded in my garden—always watching over me and believing in me, never giving up. Now it is up to me to treat others in the same way—protecting, trusting, hoping, persevering.

All up, such a gentle yet profound lesson on love, straight from our gracious God. I hope I have listened well.


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