An Epiphany from a Plant


From time to time, I will receive a guest post submission from another writer or blogger that I don’t personally know.

Today’s post is just such a post. It comes from Jen Underwood in Pinnacle, NC.

Welcome, Jen!


I was given some roots to a green plant to take into my room, to brighten it up some.

An Epiphany from a Plant

It is a dark and dreary place. I put it in this tiny little pot and put dirt in it.

I did water it often, no matter how I felt. Then, I tried to desperately to remember that it needed light, so I would put it in the window at sunset when the sun was streaming through this past summer. I noticed some things that really reminded me of my walk with God.

When the plant was put in the light, the leaves would perk up, and push themselves against the glass of the window.

They would stand tall. At night, they almost shrivel and lay down. Every chance they were given to be in the light, they took greedily, and hungrily. It took a lot of care to grow the little plant. Here it is six months later, and it has not grown all that much. Someone told me something that hit a nerve: It will never survive in that little pot, you will have to get it out of there and into a bigger one.

Here it is six months later, and it has not grown all that much. Someone told me something that hit a nerve: It will never survive in that little pot; you will have to get it out of there and into a bigger one.

Light bulbs went off in my head, as the deeper meaning of it all hit me hard.

Me. I will never survive in my little space, in my little room, in my little life if I do not push myself to grow. For a long time now, I have tried ideas and had them all fail, and just sank down into it, much like the plant at night.

The past month or so, I am pushing ahead, not thinking so much, having major insights from God about trusting Him, and not fearing or worrying about things.

For a long time now, I have tried ideas and had them all fail, and just sank down into it, much like the plant at night. The past month or so, I am pushing ahead, not thinking so much, having major insights from God about trusting Him, and not fearing or worrying about things.

I have always felt like I would never survive my life, as it is now.

I really have always tried to be like the little plant-always reaching with what strength I had left towards God, to pour light over me.

But darkness would set snares and traps for me, and I would fall into them every time. Then, I would be a victim, feel helpless, depressed, that there is no hope for me at all.

Now, I want to be like the plant.

I want to be ever reaching towards that light every day, and stand up tall in it. A few months ago I found a powerful verse that says just that:

“If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble because he sees the light of the world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles because the light is not in him.”

John 11:7-10

I read an excellent commentary on this, and it was very eye-opening. Although I cannot remember who wrote it, it is too good not to share.

First, he makes a comparison between someone walking in the day by the light of the sun. That person will walk confidently because his path is illuminated by the sun. The man walking ability has not improved, but because he has the benefit of the sun’s light, he can walk without fear.

Second, if that man walks at night, without the presence of the sun, then he does have reason to worry. The path will be dark, and he will likely stumble and harm himself. Man does not have the light inside himself He depends on the light of the sun to make his walk successful.



So staying in the light so to speak, reaching towards God, like He tells us to do is very important.

He promises to keep us at peace if we are focused on Him.

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Back to the plant…today, I noticed something as I walked by my table…..a little tiny bud has started to grow. That reminds me of myself. Trying new things, growing, and as I nurture it and keep staying in the light, I will grow and stand tall.

It just impressed me deeply that the plant would push itself as hard as it could against the glass. This little plant would follow every trace of sunlight that poured through the window, and then as it went down. We should do the same.

Our Father wants us to seek out that light as a choice, every day, instead of living in darkness.

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About the Author:

Jen Underwood is a Christian Freelance Writer and Photographer. She loves to write on Faith and Natural Health. She lives in Upper Western North Carolina.

You can visit her blog at http://jenunderwood.tk



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