September 8, 2002, 6:20 am
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Some thoughts on planting . . .

Sorry, that title isn’t supposed to be a cheesy pun on my blog title. By the way, I’m thinking that the blog title itself may border on cheesy – I really don’t mean to make it sound like I have some weird alter ego. Worse yet, I don’t mean to sound like I have some self-absorbed designs on being some postmodern superhero for Jesus followers . . . “This sounds like a job for SPIRIT FARMER!!” Pardon me, I digress.

Actually, after a little bit of rain on Friday – a truly rare occurrence here in SoCal – I got out of the house and planted some groundcover flowers on a bank. Michelle and I had done some planting a week prior, when it was hot as blazes (over 100F) – the ground was totally hard and next to impossible to penetrate with a shovel. But after a little rain, and some sprinkler watering since our last planting experience, I found it much easier to dig down into the soil and create a space to put my starter plants. At the risk of spiritualizing a fairly mundance experience, it did occur to me that perhaps some of the “rain” of trials in my life and ministry lately are really a very good thing – something to loosen up my heart in order to create a space for God to plant something new in me . . . something that will grow and spread as it reproduces. If so, I will do well to pay attention and open myself up to the process.


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