I learned a lot today as I repotted my plant. I felt God speaking to me through that process and I knew I had to share.
1) Recognize when you are not thriving in your environment. I realized my plant, affectionately named Joe after my granddaddy, was not thriving in the beautiful pot I bought for him. I did not know that peace lilies need a pot that drained. So because I want him to leave and thrive while I’m away, I found a new pot and ordered it to be sent to my home. Like my plant, if we remain in environments where we are not thriving, we will stagnate.
2) Know when you are not being fed properly and when you are spending enough time in the light. Joe’s leaves were wilting and turning brown for a while and I was not sure why. I tried to water him at least once a week and I tried to make sure he wasn’t getting too much sun. Unfortunately, I had to tweak where I had him on the counter because of too much sunlight and the amount of water (largely due to the pot). In repotting him, I also added additional food that is supposed to last him for two months. We have to make sure we are feeding our souls by reading the Word, spending time with God, and allowing God and His Word to transform us. We also we allow His light to cast out the darkness within, at His time and pace. We should not try to fast forward God’s process.
3) Allow yourself to grow and mature in your environment. As I transferred Joe out of the pot, I discovered the roots had not spread out from the original container Joe was in. I tried to break up the roots so they could expand and grow in the new pot. Eventually, I made some progress, and I finished transferring Joe to his new pot. Too often, we refuse to bloom where we are planted. We refuse to grow deeper and wider and miss out on allowing the reality of the current season to change and mature us. We miss out on allowing the soils of our surroundings to nourish us and we do not capitalize on where we are.
4) Cut and prune the dead things. Joe has had a lot of dead leaves. I try to trim and remove those leaves once they get to the base of the plant so that they are easy to remove. But today, I removed as many as I could, even those that were not ready to be removed, so that Joe can thrive in his new pot. We have to cut off and prune everything that God reveals needs to go. We must cut off every single thing that would hinder God’s work in us. When we remove the dead, we make room for the new.
Hopefully, my learnings today bless you!