Me and My Petunias

Today I spent some time deadheading my petunias- again. It seems like the hotter the summer gets, the more I have to pull those dead blooms off these plants, otherwise they look pathetic. I've learned that if I don't do this, the plant doesn't thrive and grow new and bigger blooms. 

It's a tedious job, often time consuming- and sticky- and I don't particularly enjoy it. 

So it is with our lives. We need those dead things pulled off in order to grow, to thrive, to bloom. Carry enough of those dead things around and we get weighed down. The process is tedious, time-consuming, often sticky and unpleasant. I don't particularly enjoy it! 

Life gets hotter than we'd like at times, and the heat can wilt our hearts, causing things we need to let go die. 

This feels bad, it hurts and it's hard! Sometimes the process seems like it goes on and on. But in the end it will bear greater things when we continue to choose growth in courage, wisdom and faith- no matter what that looks like next week, next month or next year. Sometimes it means we sit still for awhile, other times we need to move on to the next thing with more courage, wisdom and faith under our belts.

But one thing is for sure:

Nothing is wasted in the hands of our Redeemer.

We may not always like it, but God knows what He's doing.
Remember the Petunias.

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