27 June 2009

Too much sun

This was the first year we decided to try growing a few shade plants on the east side of the house where we used to be overrun with hollyhocks. Now, I loved the hollyhocks, which were here when we moved in. They were a variety of almost Victorian pinks, but the last two years some sort of disease had plagued them, so we (okay, Rick) dug deep to remove what traces of them he could find.

We started two different hostas early in the house and they were growing well. We had high hopes that they would thrive where we planted them. It appears however that we get more sun on the east side than we had imagined, and the hostas were not at all happy. Looking at them last night wilting and fading struck something in Rick and though he knows that transplanting can be shocking and often even deadly he dug them out and moved them to a new spot on the north side where we hang begonias and other shade loving flowers. When I took a walk about the house and checked on them this morning they already appeared to be healing.

This leaves me wondering how long some of us tolerate conditions or situations that are harming us simply because we fear that the process of change will be even worse. God didn't design us to merely exist, He desires us to prosper so that we may bear fruit for His glory. He loves us too much to allow us to stay stuck in the scorching sun if shade is what will help us grow. I pray that I become ever more sensitive to His voice as He tries to direct my every step.

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."" Isaiah 30:21

1 comment:

you gotta wonder said...

What a great point you made. We fear change so stay in a negative environment. Or we postpone transplanting plants. My mandevilla didn't make a recent relocation, but it wasn't doing well anyway. Oh well. I'm going to try a new plant now - always ready for adventure!

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