Growing in Unexpected Places
Lessons from a Tomato Plant
Pastor Dani Carmona
Several summers ago, just outside the front door of our home, we noticed a tiny green plant growing in a crack between our sidewalk and brick wall. No one in our family had deliberately planted it there. We were surprised that it was flourishing between “a rock and a hard place.” Because it looked familiar, we decided not to pull it up. We soon recognized that it was not a weed, but a tomato plant! Somehow, a tomato seed had wedged itself in the crack, and taken hold of the rock. The little plant grew and grew, eventually producing fruit.
We thought that God was trying to teach us lessons through this tomato plant. Here are at least three that I can think of:
Lesson 1: God can make us flourish in unexpected places. God’s purposes are beyond our reckoning. Do you feel wedged in a tight place? If you are between a rock and a hard place, ask yourself who the Rock is! Jesus is the Rock (2 Sam 22:2, Rom 9:33) who delights in helping us to grow — even in unexpected places!
Lesson 2: God is holding onto you. Roots grow when they are held in place! You are not trapped, you are simply being held by God. If He wasn’t holding on, you would have been washed away long ago.
Lesson 3: Even when no one knows how, Grace grows us. We were not responsible for the growth of the tomato plant. While we slept, or went about our business, walking in and out of the front door past this little plant, it was growing by God’s Grace. It grew and grew from seedling, to plant, to budding flowers, to the delicious tomatoes in our salad. When nobody knows how or why, even though we don’t deserve it, Grace grows us! Where would any of us be without God’s Grace?
In the parable of the growing seed, Jesus taught, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come" Luke 4: 26 – 29. By His Grace, The Lord is preparing His harvest. He is an excellent farmer, and knows how His harvest grows best. May God keep you growing where you were planted, even in unexpected places. What growth experiences have you had in God’s Kingdom? Let us know, we would love to hear them.
"We are Growing…. Come Grow With Us…"
Dani and Dana Carmona, Pastor & First Lady
We Are Reading
Equipped for the Struggle | Prophets & Kings
Pastor Dani Carmona
As a church, we are reading the book Prophets and Kings which opens with the story of Solomon’s glorious reign over Israel and continues through the remaining kings of Israel and Judah including the times of the prophets, and ends with the nation’s exile and captivity. It traces the history of a favored and chosen people, teetering between allegiance to God and to the gods of the nations around them. In these pages can vividly be seen dramatic evidences of the raging struggle between God and Satan for the hearts of men and women and the victory available by running to God.
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