BY DON FLEMING
In the area of the country where I live, the summer months can be extremely hot and dry, especially when there is little or no rainfall from June to August. One summer afternoon a couple of years ago, I was watering my parched brown shrubs and plants just enough to keep them alive, when I noticed a small, very green, very healthy little plant outside of the area I was watering.
On closer inspection, I was totally upset by what I saw. The small green plant was growing out of a very tight crevice in the concrete between my driveway and the foundation of my house. My first thought was “Well, if I wanted you to grow and be healthy, you wouldn’t!” Here I was, trying to water my shrubs just enough to keep them in existence, and this little plant was doing well without my help.
As I continued my watering chores in the yard, I couldn’t get that healthy little green plant out of my thoughts. Then I looked at the picture from a totally different perspective. If you stood back and looked at the small plant, it was in perfect alignment with the water faucet that was about a foot above it. As I used the faucet to do my watering, any water that dripped from where the garden hose was connected to the faucet fell directly on the spot where the plant had taken root.
Well, a light bulb came on. Wasn’t it apparent what was happening here? I applied the situation to our own lives. If we choose to root ourselves in a solid foundation of truth, look upward to the Father as our source, and align our thoughts with His knowledge of man’s true, perfect being, we can experience all the good that God has for each of us too. This abundance that we receive and enjoy in our daily lives is manifested in health, supply, love, joy, and peace, and we will be sustained as we grow spiritually, no matter where we have been planted. “How could I be mad at the little plant for teaching me that?”
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:38, 39). Mary Baker Eddy tells us a similar thought: “Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man’s happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 304). Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we are never separated from God’s love and constant care.
I’ve learned that we all need to grow, bloom, and let our light shine, even if at times we find ourselves “between a rock and a hard place.” Therefore, we should give our very best, because God needs us in that exact place to express His goodness—no one else can fill our niche.
Don Fleming lives in Bossier City, Louisiana.