How do people grow?
There is the story of a little girl passing by a garden. She saw a beautiful flower amid large amounts of dirt.
She quickly picked it thinking that it’s too beautiful to be in the dirt.
Upon reaching home, the girl washed the dirt away from the flower.
But shortly thereafter, the flower wilted and died.
The owner of the garden learned of what the little girl did and said, “You have destroyed my finest flower!”
The little girl replied, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t like the beautiful flower in all that dirt.”
The garden owner responded,
“I chose that spot and mixed the soil because I knew that only there could it grow to be a beautiful flower.”
How do people grow even amid much “dirt” in their own lives?
In my psychotherapy sessions, I see and listen to a lot of patients who are like that little girl.
They’re too fixated on the dirt of their lives. They missed seeing and realizing that growth and beauty emerge from dirt over time.
Are you going through terrible loss or trauma now? You feel so disheartened as if nothing good will come out of it.
Take heart. God, our heavenly Master gardener, is sovereign. You can put your total trust in Him for your life.
God has “plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
And as Benjamin Franklin put it,
“I have lived a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men!”
“ACTION IS ALWAYS AN integral part of growth. Spiritual growth does not “happen” to us; it requires a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears.” — Dr. Henry Cloud
“God will bring the greatest blessings from the worst of circumstances.”
— 700 Club