After my summer garden had run its course, I let our sheep and llama make their way into the garden to eat up all the leftover goodies. They pretty much leveled it, leaving nothing in their wake, except for a few tomato twigs left sticking out of the ground.
A few weeks later, I planted my fall garden: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts…you know, all the “Beano” veggies.
After a few days of watering the new plants, I noticed what looked like zucchini plants popping up where they had previously been planted. Initially, I was going to pull them out and toss them, but out of curiosity, I decided to leave them so I could see if they would actually produce.
Sure enough, a few weeks later, flowers budded and zucchini started to grow:
Even though on the surface we could see nothing after the animals had their way, below the ground was a root system that still had a strong hold and was ready to burst forth in just the right conditions.
All of the sudden, I realized something.
Our relationships with God are the same way.
We often neglect our relationship with God and let the world eat away at it. We skip quiet times, going to church and times of worship to rush through life running to soccer games and music practice and work. We neglect our relationship with God, because we know He will always be there. But when we don’t tend to our relationship with Him as we should, slowly but surely, the fruit of our alliance withers and dies. And those around us don’t see the special light that we once had.
But there, under the surface, are deep roots–ones that are strongly tied to a Father in heaven who wants nothing more than to help you bloom. He so firmly holds your roots that when you are ready, your fruit will burst forth from your heart, growing and spreading faster than you can manage.
When you make a conscious effort to care for your relationship by spending time with Him, the fruit is born almost effortlessly. It becomes as vivacious as a zucchini plant, expanding so quickly that it’s hard to keep up.
Even if your relationship is invisible on the surface right now, there are roots below, friends. Even if you are tired, and lonely and distant from God, He is there. He is only waiting for you to tend to Him, allowing Him to grow through you.