"An Inside Perspective"

May 2013


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! About four years ago, I had about twenty ficus trees in the Greenhouse. I used them, as I saw fit, for decorating the various office areas that we service with our plants throughout the year. They were all very healthy but they never seemed to grow to much more than about three feet.

Ficuses are very hearty plants and perhaps you have seen them in the malls or in corporate office settings. A couple of years ago, I decided to take a risk. In the spring, I took them all out of their pots, against the advice of the head rascal, and I planted them in the ground for the summer season. After their initial shock, I was soon delightfully surprised to learn that they loved it outside in the ground. They began flourishing way beyond what I could have ever asked or imagined.

Over the years, I have made a practice of this habit and the ficuses just keep getting fuller and fuller and bigger and bigger! They work wonderfully to fill in and give a woody park-like setting to all the surrounding grounds. Then each year when fall comes, I just put them back into larger pots and they proceed to do equally as well inside for the winter. Due to this process, and much to the head rascal’s chagrin, all the ficuses have since grown to between six and nine feet! Of course, I always water them with prayer.

Now because of their huge size, I leave the two biggest ones in their pots over the summer directly in front of the Greenhouse. They sort of frame in the sliding front doors, giving a nice personal touch. Last year as the summer progressed, though, I observed that one of the potted ficuses was doing way better than the other one. It quickly got under my skin as to the cause and my curiosity was piqued at the palpable difference. They were both doing very well, but one was noticeably healthier, fuller and much taller.

They were sitting only ten feet apart from each other and so I studied the situation very closely. I soon discerned that they both had equal sun, water and food. I then thought to myself, “I wonder if someone is up to some shenanigans to get my goat after I leave work for the day?” Try as I may, I just could not discover the secret. I was horticulturally stumped.

Finally, the fall chill arrived and it came time to bring them inside for the winter. I moved the first one inside with no problem. Then, when I tried to move the next one inside, which was itself the flourishing one, it just would not budge. I even went and got one of the young-buck rascals and asked him to help me try to move it. Even he could not budge it! Finally, we pried it up and looked underneath, only to discover the long sought after secret!

I was bushwhacked when I saw a hole in the bottom of the pot and a single root that had worked its way out of it. The root had crawled two feet along the cement border, and then, tunneled itself three feet into the ground! Amazingly, it had sought out and found another source of nutrition. It had been very obvious to all that something was very, very different about that particular plant! Suddenly, it was all very clear to me, and to everyone else, also, as to why it had stood out like a sore thumb; it was drawing its life from another source. I was amazed that, once again, I was taught a lesson by a plant.

It is written, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing...” (Isa. 35:1-2a)

Beloved, think of what an awesome privilege we have as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to draw from another source, even a heavenly fountain! Oh what a joy and honor to be forgiven and more so, to know intimately the King of glory! Oh wonder of wonders, that redemption bids us drink deeply, even daily afresh of His manifest presence in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Hallelujah! Christ is our Life and the source of our daily nutrition through His eternal living Word. Jesus said to the woman at the earthly well, “Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

Precious one, the unbeliever’s curiosity should be piqued by your palpable difference from them. Spiritually, you should be noticeably healthier, fuller and taller than the world. Are you the flourishing one causing people to desire to know your secret? Do you stand out like a sore thumb or is the devil up to his old shenanigans in your life, deceiving you into drawing from a worldly source? I pray not. You have a Living Fountain that they know not of and God desires you to draw them unto it. Beloved, where is your root crawling to and tunneling down into for its spiritual nutrients? Draw deeply from Christ Himself and go ahead and be...