“Care for what you once tenderly planted—the vine you raised from a shoot.” Psalm 80:15
Some people rescue cute little puppies–I rescue little pups, the kind that don’t need to be potty trained or go to obedience school. My pups have fallen from the mother cacti and need to be planted to survive.
I start the smallest pups in a pot in my patio and nurture them until they are big enough to put out with the big cactus in my front yard. During the summer months, when the mean, and I mean “mean” temperature ranges up to 115 degrees, the pups flourish–double and triple in size.
Gardening of the soul is a bit more complicated. In one of the retreats I offer, I give the participants a blank U.S. map and ask them to chart their faith growth with lines and symbols from where they were born to the present. We mark valleys and mountain-top experiences and they see where their faith journey led them and when they were firmly planted or needed to be rescued.
My journey took me through seven states, mountains, valleys, spiritual highs and lows. Through the grace of God, my shoot will continue to grow.
Dear God, thank you for providing the nutrients to grow my faith. Amen.