Plant Lessons--The Aloe
3/4/2018 7:37:00 PM by: Susan Lyttek

Lately plants have been teaching me lessons. The whole process is making me feel a bit like Jonah… who God used a gourd plant on to remind him of compassion.

I am not known for having a green thumb. In fact, over the course of my life I have more tended to killing plants under my care than nurturing them. It’s not intentional. I simply forget that they need me. I enjoy looking at them now and again and I appreciate the variety of God’s growing things. But my neglect, interspersed with seasons of attention and care, has made our aloe plant thrive for almost 25 years. We have given away dozens of its offspring during that time. But few recipients have had our success. I like to think that my natural feast or famine approach imitates the natural desert home of the succulent.

While it has been healthy and prolific, we had never seen a flower, nor did we even know that an aloe could flower. Then suddenly this winter, a stalk shot up to twice the height of the regular aloe plant. Atop that stalk, two blooms sprouted. (Our aloe is the top picture. What they can look like is the bottom picture.)

While our flowers have yet to look as pretty as some of those pictured online, the point is that it flowered. It did something different. It has worked and been a productive plant for many years. But that didn’t mean that sending off shoots from its roots and creating new plants was all that it could do—only that was all that it had done thus far.

My God is the God of creativity, imagination, innovation and surprises. He has used me a lot over the years in terms of teaching and writing. But that doesn’t mean that’s all He intends. I’ve been sending off shoots just like my aloe plant. But if I rest in Him and in His joy, someday I will flower. I just have no idea what that will look like anymore than I had an idea what our aloe’s flower would look like.

Do what you’re doing for Him. But lean into His will and pray for that unexpected flowering of joy.

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