Well, here we are. I didn’t think it was possible, but we’re halfway through August, the stores have released their fall collections, plans are being made for a non-Halloween Halloween, and I’m mentally still back in April.
It’s my mother’s birthday on Saturday, and I think I miss her and my family so much that my heart has actually become numb to it. Does that make sense? It’s as though it is easier to turn off that homesick emotion, than to feel it and live in the sadness.
However…Ohio was just taken off of the “travel restriction” list for New York, so I’m hopeful that a reunion home is in my future for early September. And let me tell you, it can’t come soon enough!
I was given a really beautiful gift for my birthday. From a special gentleman, I might add.
A prayer plant.
That’s it’s nick name. It’s really a Maranta Leuconeura. But it gets it name because at night, the leaves fold together in a “praying hands” position, and open up during the day! It’s so cool!
But it’s really a beautiful reminder of an important truth I can admittedly forget…and that, is the power of prayer.
It seems like here recently, things that need prayer have snapped into crystal clear focus. We’re on month five of the pandemic, and every single person, in ways big and small, have been hit economically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, in our work and hobbies and sources of enjoyment.
There are so many areas of life that are “on the rocks,” if you will. Missing loved ones. Disappointing diagnoses. News that triggers anxiety. Perhaps even announcements about certain VP running mates…
Without a source of hope or comfort, things *could* seem pretty bleak.
That’s where this little prayer plant comes in with a rather hefty reminder.
And that is not only the beauty of prayer, but actually the sustaining power of it.
This little plant…it closes in prayer at night, and then during the day, it opens itself up to the sun. It completely opens itself, and in doing so, allows the sun to supply the nutrients and sunshine needed for photo synthesis. It can soak up the rain, take in the air and give off oxygen, and drink up the nutrients from the soil.
And it grows.
This methodical night and day ritual for this plant causes it to grow and thrive and be sustained for years and years.
Isn’t that such a beautiful reminder for us?
When we pray, and open our heart to Jesus, He fills us with everything we need to survive.
So when we get that phone call, or feel homesick, or get those results, or feel afraid of things to come…we take it to prayer. Because there is power there. There is a life-sustaining current of grace and divine intervention that supports us through the trial – through the storm.
How easy it is to forget, or to think that we are facing life’s trials alone.
How blessed are we that we never are.
So my prayer for me and for you, is that we never forget that God really does care. That He listens. That He is there for us, even when we don’t feel it. Even when we’re scared, or frustrated, or feeling at the end of our rope. When things aren’t going well. When adversity seems insurmountable. That we just remember the methodical strength of the little prayer plant: prayer at night, open to receive during the day.
We are so loved. May we never forget.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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