All the elements pressing and pushing it will drive its roots deeper and the stems will have to grow stronger to keep it from falling. Much like life. The tough trials of life, the pain, the disappointment, the tears, rejection, it all drives our roots deeper into Christ.
I love drawing life lessons from the vantage point of my garden or farm. God teaches us so much through His creation. So many parallels and life examples. It always blows my mind how marvelous God's ways are. I spent a lot of my life knocked around, beat down, rejected, dried and hung out, humiliated, and reviled, yet I keep getting back up. I can say I feel like a tomato plant that had to withstand the elements of life, wind, rain, hail, and that still bore fruit despite it all. Still standing strong in Christ, still spreading my leaves out against disease, against bugs that would love to creep in and eat me alive with words that could kill, soaking in the sweet rays of God's light. And I am stronger. I bare more fruit, my stems are not weak, and my roots are deep.
You can't knock me down if you tried and sure could not destroy the good work that God has done in my life. God is my loving gardener, he props me up when I need it, he prunes the things off that are robbing me of energy so that I can put all my energy into fruiting which is my first ministry. My ministry to my family. I have so much beauty in my life, so much beautiful fruit, so much to be thankful for, and my joy just abounds each day. I thank God for the storms, the pests, and the gentle loving care of his wise pruning. I thank him for his warm light that guides me taller and stronger each day, and the refreshing bath of the living waters that restore my soul. I thank God for his Word, the very nutrients that are in the soil that feed my roots.
I have purpose, God uses me in various ways just like I use the tomato in various ways. I prepare salsa, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, and it is all stored up for future use. God takes my fruit and fashions it for a worthy cause, stores it up, feeds people for months to come, and people are encouraged. It is a gift that keeps on giving and fills the hungry soul. Only God can do that! It is nice to know, when we are planted in His glorious vineyard, that we can be used and have divine purpose. To God be the Glory!
Back to my garden, I will stop musing...
I will tell you, those tomatoes survived and they are thriving. 150 tomatoes plants in total and a bumper crop.
It has been interesting to see the anomalies from our crop. Some have tails or wings!