Strange, Strong, & Wonderful Creature
“Be always growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18.
You are a succulent: a strange little potted plant that’s resilient in the toughest conditions, each of us slight variations of each other but unique in our own right.
Succulents only grow as big as the container they’re placed in. If you keep that little blue-green cactus in the pot you bought it in, he will stay a cute little guy forever. If you transfer him to a bigger pot, he will grow to fill it. If you plant that sucker in the ground there’s no telling how far he can go in life. Here in the magical Narnia of Southern California, I’ve seen succulents as tall as houses, towering over unsuspecting tourists like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.
And the same goes for you. You had no say over what pot you came in. Some choose to stay in their hometown forever, safe in the little pot they’ve always known. Some choose to try a bigger pot, suffocated by the smallness of their container. Some are forced into a new pot by life circumstances. No matter the container, we all go through the same growing pains of our world-views slowly expanding to fill this new space, our roots reaching deeper than we ever thought possible.
You might long for the smallness of your hometown. Maybe this vastness is just a taste of what’s to come. With each new place we move, friend we make, experience we try, we don’t become a new plant; we just grow, adding to what we are, understanding the world a little better. Our colors become deeper, richer, and more complex.
But it’s not a constant bloom. Sometimes we go through spells of drought, withering up for one reason or another. Sometimes we don’t like this new space and know it’s not the right fit. Some move from pot to pot, never quite satisfied for long, fearful of putting down roots in one place. Others long for stability with the next willing plant that comes along: “Let’s put down roots so I can stop having to change so much!” The rest of us don’t know what we want, but wait for the next life event to move us yet again.
Here’s the point… if you’re a succulent, you are more resilient than you know. Don’t be afraid to move on to the next space- you will grow to fit it. I implore you to expand the potential of who you were created to be. Don’t get so comfortable in your current spot that you forget life is a garden, and you were planted to grow.
Dear Lord, help me to bloom where I’m planted. I want to thrive under the sunshine of your love.
WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER