The beauty of a clean slate and a new fresh start in a year is what many people love about New Years and resolutions.
I got a plant from a friend on Christmas Day that was a beautiful orange leaf poinsettia I had admired earlier in the month. I was actually so excited about the plant! I had managed to keep another plant alive in my room recently after a terrible streak of bad luck in my plant raising skills. I had really just resigned myself to the fact that I was not blessed with a green thumb. (Although I still do not claim that I do have one) I had high hopes that this poinsettia would survive! Alas under twenty-four hours after receiving the gift its leaves started dying and falling off. The day I had gotten it was frigid temperatures of -40℃ and the two short walks it had to endure outside apparently had done it in. My beautiful poinsettia had been bit by the frost.
I was a little sad. First of all it was a gift and I didn’t even get a chance to enjoy it! Second, it was a gift that I unintentionally killed!!! So slowly but surely all the leaves fell off the little green stems and I cleaned them up. I didn’t want to give up on the plant so I kept watering it and keeping it out of direct sunlight.
After the last leaf fell off the now pitiful looking plant I noticed something!
There was a little leaf growing out of the middle stem!
The plant wanted to fight!
That little leaf is still slowly growing and I have since spotted one or two more little buds coming out!
What an example! A little plant that came back pretty much from nothing! It still looks so ugly but its fighting! I remember my mom always finding little lessons in nature that God would teach her. She loved telling us about the little sparrows she had watched in the morning and the deer that had scampered across our yard at dusk. The little things that she called her blessing from God. She taught me to try and see those things, to seek and find what God did for me in a day. Maybe he gave you all green lights on your drive to work, or placed a entertaining squirrel in your path as you went on a walk. Heart lifters! Some days its very hard to be optimistic, today is actually one of those days for me, I have cried many tears today because life didn't seem fair. I felt hypocritical sitting down knowing I had to write a post. I couldn’t come up with anything seemingly inspiring, I dragged my feet to do it. But then I saw my little plant and I knew that even though the day was almost done (I’m writing this in the evening) there was still a chance for me to take it back and see what blessing God left in my path. Sometimes you also teach best when you are going through it yourself.
So make this January white! A clean slate and an expectant heart for what God will do!