Growing Outside the Garden

No matter what stage of life we are in, there is always room to grow. This doesn’t mean that we have to see evidence of growth all the time. Anyone who is familiar with planting knows that there is a “time to plant and a time to harvest.” (Ecclesiastes 3:2)

Growth encompasses the entire process: preparing the soil, planting, nurturing, fertilizing, hydrating, harvesting, and resting. We need to understand what stage of growth we are in before we can expect additional growth to occur.

Right now, I am in the “prepare the soil” stage. There were big changes in 2017 for me personally and professionally that prompted both hurt and healing. It took several months to realize that these changes had to occur for me to understand it was preparation for the next stage of growth: planting.

In 2018, I will be planting in expectation of a bountiful harvest—not the kind to eat, but instead, the kind that will be life-changing for me and others. Unlike seeds that come with detailed information on days to harvest, time to maturity is based on my faith in the outcome. There are many unknowns.

In contrast to planning a physical garden, I don’t have my packets of seeds neatly organized by plant date. How much of what and when is part of the process that will occur over the next few months. It’s not the way I would typically do things, but I suppose a little discomfort is all part of the growth process—like that sprout that needs to push through the outer layer of the seed and up through the dirt. So along with a little discomfort, I suspect there will be some above-average effort required, too.

Either way, I’m excited but also a little anxious. What about you? What stage of growth are you in, and where do you expect to be in 2018?

©Room2GrowGarden, January 3, 2018

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