Thoughts on Seedlings
Our garden projects are well underway here at Micah 6. Our friends at Rochester Church of Christ took seed packets home with them in April, planted them and have brought them back to us in recent weeks. This means a few things for us 1) We’ve been putting a lot of plants in the ground, 2) We have lots of plants sitting in window sills, tables, desks and anywhere else that gets a fair amount of sunlight in a day.
I was out watering some of these window-dwellers yesterday when I noticed something odd. As I came to every set of plants, each of them was leaning either to the right or to the left, along some imaginary line. The plants on the porch did this, the plants in the kitchen did this, the plants on the coffee table did this. They leaned one way or the other, often times there was a line down the middle of their egg-carton planters– one side leaning one direction, the other side to the opposite direction.
I thought that was odd so I really started trying to figure it out.
Finally, I realized what it was. Sitting inside the window, the plants can fall into the shadow of the divider between our double-hung windows. This means, in order to get sunlight all day, the plants had to lean out from behind this divider to catch the sun.
For a plant, sitting in the darkness isn’t an option–it would mean certain death. The plant will maneuver it’s entire physiology to move toward the light in order to be fed and fulfilled.
But sometimes we’re stuck. Sometimes we are firmly rooted in a place that is darkness. What then?
Well, oddly enough, when a plant can’t move, guess what can? The sun. That’s right. Sometimes a plant can’t move, but when the earth rocks on its axis, the sun ends up in a different place in the sky. Often, this results in light shining into places that were once dark.
If you’re an Armenian you’d say, “Even nature says you move toward the light.” If you’re a Calvinist you’d say, “Humans are the only creation to choose to dwell in darkness.”
But no matter which side you’re on in that debate, it is still amazing that darkness or light, God is working to bring us into light. Sometimes when the plant (or the person) doesn’t (or cannot) move from darkness, God brings the light to you.
And that is an encouraging thought.