Rooted in Life’s Dirt

I’ve gardened my entire life.

I plant, weed, water, prune, mulch, and fertilize, but still plants die.

When I replant, I ask the nursery employees for recommendations to increase the plant’s chance of survival in the gardening environment.  I describe the other plants in the plot,  the amount of sun exposure each day and the condition of the soil.

This slightly improves my success rate.

Still, plants die.

Every year.

Imagine finding this healthy plant growing in Amsterdam…


…on a busy stairwell, in front of a busy office, on a busy street.  The plant preaches a silent sermon. It forces its tiny roots into a crevice filled with wind-blown dirt.  It leans into the sun and absorbs any moisture that comes its way.

This plant doesn’t depend on the perfect circumstances to thrive.  It thrives in its circumstances.

We thrive when we put our roots down into the dirt of our lives and grow. When we lift our faces to the light of the Son and absorb the water of the Word.

Then, in our midst of life’s heartaches and busy demands, while the world stomps by, we can preach a silent sermon.                                              


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6 Responses to Rooted in Life’s Dirt

  1. Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC April 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Excellent post. Love the paragraph starting with, “on a stairwell”. Beautiful phrase, “preaching a silent sermon.” That would make a lovely title. 🙂

    • Mindy April 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks, Cherrie, I always appreciate your warm words of encouragement.

  2. wingsaseagles40 April 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Love this 🙂

    • Mindy April 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by today. Comments are so encouraging.

  3. Tandis April 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    “It {Amsterdam flower} thrives in its circumstances.” ~ Lord help me to thrive where you have put me.

    Wow, just read Momstheword, Whole Hearted Home and your blog right in a row. Powerful encouragement to seek the Lord and CHOOSE to life closely with Him. I am so thankful for these blogs this morning.

    • Mindy April 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Still trying to thrive myself, in the dirt the world has thrown at me. This picture speaks to my heart day after day. Glad you enjoyed the “sermon.”

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