I saw you looking at me today in awe and disbelief, and I understand. You're surprised by the fact that in the midst of this dirt, I've managed to grow. So let me explain...
I used the dirt to my advantage. The more dirt that was thrust upon me, the stronger my roots became. I simply dug in deep and hung on tight because I understood that my purpose was to bloom.
Yes, God told me that I would bloom and that I would be a patch of green. And He said that no matter what my situation looked like at any given moment, I was destined to be what He created me to be.
It took a lot longer than I expected because folks couldn't see me under the dirt. So they stepped on. They spat of me. They sat on me. They had no idea that under that dirt I was waiting for the sun to shine just right, alerting me to the fact that my time had come. I just had to wait for the sun.
When I saw that morning sun the other day, I began to shake the dirt off. Some of the other plants got mad, they thought I was thinking too highly of myself, just showing off. "Who was I to grow?," they asked. "Who was I to defy the odds and bring life to an otherwise dank and dirty situation?"
To be honest, I sometimes asked myself those same questions. "Was the sun really calling for me? Did I have what it takes to be the shade of green God intended? Would I be appreciated and valued, or would I be laughed at and ignored?" These are all questions I asked myself, until...
Until I suddenly realized that I was giving way too much value to what others thought of me. Instead, my focus needed to be on what God thinks of me and what I think of myself.
So I decided to bloom. And if you come by here next week, I'm going to be bigger and maybe even greener, if that's possible. Because I have a purpose to fulfill and I don't have the guts to defy God. He is working with me and guess what? He's working with you, too, Gail.
So shake the dirt off, dig in deep, and get ready to be all you were created to be! The Son is calling for you.
The Patch of Green