At first glance it seems as if
it doesn’t stand a chance
all dried up and withered
due to “desert” circumstance
I admit, I haven’t been
as faithful in its care
I left it by itself
as if it wasn’t even there
but as I take a closer look
a new bud, do I see?
I think it’s not done living yet-
A second chance for me!
I actually cleaned today. Yes- that’s a small victory worth writing about in itself. In the process, I thought I’d “clean up” this poinsettia that seemed destined for the dump. Remember when I predicted the demise of my gorgeous poinsettia before Christmas? Well, I had given up and was ready to send it on it’s way to the trash.
I carefully sat the plant in the kitchen sink- after my daughter helped me clear away all the dirty dishes, and I picked each dead leaf off, one by one. Crinkly, colorless, and void of any life- these dead leaves willingly fell into my hands. As I cleared all the dead stuff away, to my surprise- I noticed that there were signs of new growth at the top.
So I cleaned it up, watered it, and left it in a sunny spot.
I thought about how much easier my own life would be it I would willingly get rid of things that are keeping me from growing.
I sat the poinsettia back onto my table, knocking over one of my favorite coffee cups. It was broken beyond repair. I have had this cup for over 15 years. It was given to me by a student on my last day of student teaching when I was in college. I felt like I never really connected with these high school kids, and because of that- I thought of myself as a failure. Until one of the students came up to me and gave me this coffee cup and a balloon.
It meant the world to me. It was proof that I had mattered to someone. I’ve drank coffee from that cup nearly every day for the last 15 years. And for the past 15 years, I’ve also held onto that feeling of “failure”- as unfounded as it was. So, as I cleaned up my mess and threw the cup in the trash, I agreed to let go of that memory, too.
So, I’m throwing away the “dried up” thoughts and memories that are holding me down, and throwing away the “dried up” leaves that are preventing new growth on this plant that is still hanging on!
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead Philippians 3:13