Spring is a Time of Growth

As a kid, I remember looking forward to spring each year because it meant I got to help my mom water all of the beautiful plants potted on our front porch. With my gardening dress on and my hair pulled back in a braid, I would grab my watering can and start dousing every plant we owned. I was the best plant waterer you have ever seen!

Looking back, I was not as skilled as I gave myself credit for. I probably killed a lot of plants by drowning or turning them into bouquets. But I carried that watering can around as badge of honor.

Watching nature do its thing every spring does something good to my soul. Just as nature grows through changing seasons, so do I. Whether I realize it or not, I am in the growing business and green thumbs aren’t necessary. With each passing year, I am physically growing older. As a follower of Jesus, I’ve seen that I’m also growing spiritually year after year to look more like Jesus.

Spring is a reminder for me that God is continuing to grow me:

  • Growth is a process. Trees do not grow from saplings to full-grown overnight, it takes years! Billy Graham said it well: “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”
  • Growth requires a lot of patience. Have you ever heard one oak tree get frustrated with another for not having full grown leaves in the middle of winter? I need to have patience with myself and with others because everyone is growing in different ways and it takes time.
  • In order to grow best, I need to stay closely connected to Jesus. A flower may last for a few days once picked, but it won’t last very long because it has been disconnected from its source of life. Jesus says, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

I need to stay close to Jesus because what the rest of the plant is to a blooming flower, Jesus is to me. I cannot flourish apart from Him.

Times of growth come in all different shapes and sizes, changing just like seasons. Spring symbolizes fresh hope after a long, cold winter. This past year has felt like winter, but I want to choose to celebrate the new buds of growth that God is creating in me because spring is here!

What new buds of growth in your life can you celebrate today? No matter how big or small, it all matters.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Project Manager.