Having a plot of land to garden and toil in the soil has brought me immense joy. I feel God's blessing pouring down on me when digging and sweating. However, yesterday, he reminded me of the word he gave me for this year, perseverance! One of the types of plants I love the most is bromeliads. They are a shade-loving variety that adds color to an otherwise dark and shaded area. I had moved them to a holding area to get them out of the way of the work being done to the house. They are air plants that don't need soil to stay alive. Yesterday was the day to move them to a permanent location. I began by cleaning up the tree they would dwell under; then, I loaded some old stump grindings piled up where a tree had been. I moved four loads, shoveling and spreading, making a beautiful flowerbed. I thought I had found the perfect spot until the day wore on; that's when I realized that at the sun's high point, that area got full sun! Bromeliads cannot tolerate the sun. I had to do the entire project over again in a different spot. I'm still worn out today! Thankfully, I persevered, and that task is now complete.
It's not always easy living in this world, and it seems more complicated today than ever. Don't get caught up in the bad news of the day. Do not give up! Persevere! We live through this time in history for a reason—people who don't have Jesus feel hopeless. But God has given us the task of reassuring them and telling them of our hope. It is worth the effort to keep another human from eternal damnation in the scorching heat of hell and give them Jesus and a shady spot in Heaven.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5