Grow Your Garden: devo no.2
By: Emily Lehner
A few days ago, I was watching a movie on television in black and white. About half way through the movie, a thought came to me. First of all, I don’t know how people ever watched videos in black and white (it is so difficult for me to do). But secondly, I became so grateful that God didn’t create the world in black and white.
Can you imagine what it would be like to live a gray life? I believe that one of the greatest examples of God’s glory and love, besides sending His Son to die for sin-filled humanity, is creation. How often do you take a moment to look around you and praise God for how beautiful the world is? If gardening has taught me anything, it is exactly that.
Gardening has shown me how miraculous and majestic God truly is. While He could’ve easily created our world in a boring grayscale, He chose to add colors that span beyond what we could discover for ourselves. He chose to add detail, design and abundance to the planet He placed us on.
When trying to find words for my amazement with creation, I came across Psalm 104. I encourage you to check it out.
One of the most miraculous things about creation is that most everything comes from a seed. The flowers, trees, grass — even humans all start much smaller than they end up becoming. Seeing a seed blossom into something grand is such proof that something larger than ourselves exists. Praise God for allowing us to reap nourishment from something so small, and glory to God for miraculously allowing that seed to blossom into a plant or tree that holds a great amount of detail and color.
Look around you and notice what is growing from the earth. Notice the colors, sweet smells and fulfillment these things provide for you. Then, thank God for sharing a little of His infinitely creative and omniscient mind with an undeserving humankind.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.