I don’t want to alarm anyone with my title…but as I type this, the title does describe my present position. I think it describes the position of anyone who is presently reading this. We are at this moment…alive! I am as guilty as anyone else in not taking these ‘alive’ moments and making them into beautiful memories for tomorrow. We get so obsessed by our planning for tomorrow we sometimes forget to live for today.
My story this morning is about a Polk Dot Hypoestes…nope, it’s not a dress but it too has pretty pink dots on it. It is a plant a friend gave me a while back. I usually have good luck with plants but not this time. It grew lanky…I trimmed it. It began to lose leaves…I gave it more light, I fed it bits of fertilizer..and then finally I put it in the bedroom window and said, “It’s up to you.” So there it sat pouting, while I visited my other plants. I don’t coddle them, but they know I appreciate their sharing their unique beauty with me.
Today I pulled up the bedroom shades and looked at my ‘polka dot’ plant. The leaves had fallen off and three stems were now nude, but there at the base of the plant were two tiny shoots with green leaves and pink polka dots. Wow! It was like a resurrection.
Within minutes I had it in the kitchen, cut off the old shoots and gave it a fresh drink. It will now join a miniature rose that is sitting on the kitchen table…it needs a little company.
Life is sometimes like that too. We grow straggly at times, and it seems just at those times another crisis appears on the scene and we wilt a bit more. About then, we often just back away from everything, convincing ourselves that perhaps God is telling us that he doesn’t need our input anymore…our job is done…we put ourselves in the bedroom window and wait to die.
But God knows that hiding way deep down inside is the child he created and the gifts he gave her that are still valuable and usable and he has a plan for them to be used.
Do you really think he would waste what he has built into you? He can use those gifts in some way to make this world a little better place. So you’re a widow…comfort other widows, so your grandchildren are not around…cuddle babies in the hospital…you can’t drive anymore…phone your friends, or offer to do phoning for non-profits…read to the blind, help the handicapped and be sunshine for those whose lives are in darkness.
I bet you’ll find lots of tiny green leaves of your gift, just needing a bit of water and direction, that will grow into new gifts for God to use out there in the world. He has a plan for your life, so get out of the bedroom window and take a look out the living room one….a whole world is out there, waiting just for you.