Fresh Hope – Day 74

Several years ago, I was walking around our local garden centre and came across the most vibrant-coloured hydrangeas that I had ever seen.

They were a deep purple and looked so healthy, so I decided that we should take two for our back garden.

To me, gardening is simple when it comes to plants. You dig a hole, put the plant in, press it down, water it, and hope for the best.

For the entire season the two hydrangeas looked amazing.

Everyone that came round commented on the colours.

The following year, I looked out of the window to find that the plants were just the same size and were beginning to sprout, not purple, but a very pale blue flower.

I waited for a few weeks until they fully opened, and sure enough, my prize hydrangeas had decided to change colour.

They looked sickly.

Off I went to the garden centre to tell them that my plants were very disappointing.

‘If I’d have wanted pale blue, I’d have bought pale blue’ I said.

After a brief conversation with the owner, he asked me a few questions about my soil and told me the news…

‘The type of soil that you planted them in will determine the health and colour of your plants’.

Change the soil and you will change the colour.

‘You’ve planted them in the wrong type of soil’ he explained.

My hydrangeas have remained pale blue ever since.

In much the same way, where you plant yourself in life will determine how you turn out.

This is especially true of your spiritual health, growth and vibrancy.

There are many people that have not understood the power and importance of putting your roots down in a ‘life-giving’ Church.

It is soil for the soul.

If you don’t firmly plant yourself in a Church, you will eventually start to grow spiritually weak and lose your ‘colour’.

Belonging to, and serving in Church is the highest privilege that we have. It’s an honour to serve Jesus for all that He has given for us.

Don’t plant yourself in the wrong place and expect your life to flourish.

Very quickly you’ll start to flounder.

Make a once-and-for-all decision to be firmly planted in a great, life-giving Church and don’t uproot yourself every time you hit a crisis.

It’s at those times especially, that you need the vital nutrients deposited in the soil of God’s amazing Church.

Psalm 92:12-14 NIV

‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree… planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green…’

Pastor Mark

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