To those of you with a black thumb, don’t worry.  This isn’t a lesson in gardening.  Just a lesson my garden taught me recently.

Isn’t she a beauty?

Guess what?

I can claim no responsibility for that lush fruit whatsoever.  My mom gave me the top of a pineapple about a year and a half ago.  I dutifully planted it in a big pot and, apart from glancing at it occasionally when I was in the yard and half-heartedly pulling weeds out from underneath it, I didn’t do anything to it.  In fact, in the last month, I didn’t even take the time to look at it, as my work schedule has kept me from doing much in the garden.  Imagine my surprise, then, when my mom, visiting with me over the weekend, exclaimed at the size of the fruit that was on it!  The last time I had looked at it, there were only big, spiky leaves, no pineapple in sight.

Such a good life lesson to be had there.  So often, we think God needs us to help Him help us grow.  We think that if we don’t do some kind of work on ourselves, He can’t make a difference in our lives.  In all honesty, I think that the only work He needs us to do is to step aside and let Him do His thing.  Just like the pineapple plant that I left on its own, growth often happens when we aren’t trying so hard to bring it about.  It happens when we throw up our hands in surrender and open our hearts to what life has in store.  It happens when we aren’t even paying attention and we see it only when we look back and realize how much we have changed, matured, and born fruit.

Let’s all let go a little this week, okay?  Let’s stop trying quite so hard.  Let’s let God do His thing in us, in His time and in His way.  Doesn’t that sound a lot more peaceful and life-giving than struggling to be better versions of ourselves or striving so hard to become the people we think we’re supposed to be?  I think so!!

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