My friend gave me some succulents, and I have also got some at home. It’s a joy to see these plants with all different shapes and sizes grow under suitable care. If you observe their growth, you might be amazed by their vitality. A single leaf or branch, planted in soil or cultivated in water, can slowly develop roots and over time grow to a fully developed plant. These plants have life, as shown in their continuous growth and change. No healthy plant is static. Even though not observable in the short term, people will be able to see changes after a while.
This reminds me of our spiritual lives. From the day we decide to follow Jesus Christ, we have a spiritual life. If this spiritual life is healthy, then it would grow day by day, and others would be able to see the changes in us. Just like growing plants, a growing spiritual life also needs nutrients. What can we use to nourish our spiritual lives? I believe the Word of God is essential. Healthy growth needs the right amount of nutrients at the right time. Plants certainly need it, and so do our spiritual lives.
The health of the root system is the most important factor for a plant’s survival and growth. Other issues can be fixed, but if the root system has problems, then it will be hard to rectify. The root system is also often hidden in soil. The root of our spiritual lives is our relationship with God. When our relationship with God is good, our spiritual lives will be healthier, and we will be truly more godly and loving. To keep the root healthy, we would need to constantly draw near to God, through bible study and prayer, replenish our spiritual nutrients, and draw spiritual strength. This is a personal relationship which is essential to our spiritual health, but is not visible to others, just like roots are hidden in soil.
May God help us to grow spiritually in the New Year!