|(This was when I originally put the broken cutting in water. It did okay|
for a little while, but soon became weak and pale and no longer produced flowers.)
Friday, March 4, 2016
Moments of Grace: Renewal and Restoration
"Create in me a clean heart,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
and sinners shall be converted to you."
Psalm 51:10-13 NKJV
We are in the middle of the Lenten Season...and although I didn't make any particular commitments to "give up" anything for Lent, it has been on my mind anyway~ not so much the "giving up", but the commitment to make this time count for some positive growth in my spiritual life.
Looking at the picture above of the geranium plant growing in the teapot is an example of the renewal and restoration process that God wants to work in our hearts. You see, that teapot was once my everyday teapot for making my morning cup of hot tea as well as steeping the tea for our family's pitcher of iced tea each day. One day I noticed a hairline crack had developed where the handle attaches to the pot, and it became necessary to retire this teapot from its regular use, lest the handle should break off and spill the boiling hot contents on an unsuspecting person. Removing this teapot from service made me feel a little sad because it still looked so pretty and it seemed such a shame to just throw it away.
Then I remembered that I had been rooting a broken off piece of my geranium plant in a jar of water on the kitchen windowsill for several months...but it was starting to look a little pale and weak trying to survive in just water. Perhaps it would grow better in some potting soil in...yes! The cracked teapot!
After replanting the rooted cutting in the nourishing potting soil and setting it in a sunnier window, the plant began to put out more foliage and eventually a new flower shot up as seen in the first picture above.
What a lovely example of the grace of God as seen in Psalm 51:10-13. That cracked teapot and broken geranium is a lot like our souls when we have sin in our lives. We became broken and fractured by the wind and storms and cares of this life, and rather than casting us away, Jesus came along and picked us up, put us in the soil of His Holy Spirit and watered us with His love so that we could be renewed and restored to new life.
Kind of like having a brand new "clean heart"and restored joy!
What are some examples of God's renewal and restoration that you have seen in your life?