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Gardening is the talk of the summer. Every gardener wants to show off their plants, share their crops and discuss gardening tips.

I have heard it said for a garden to grow best it needs good soil, proper watering and the proper amount of sunlight. So I took this to mean most growth occurs during the day.

But I am beginning to wonder if this is necessarily true ….

Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own.” (Mark 4:26-28, NLT)

We tend to think our gardens grow only during the daylight –> when the sun is shining. Yet those very plants are sitting in the same soil during the darkest hours of the night. Even in the dark, they are sucking up water and nutrients, from what is around them, in order for their growth to continue.

As I read this portion, I recalled the many times I said to my children, upon awakening in the morning, “You must have grown while you were sleeping!”

Can it be it is the same with us spiritually? Perhaps in the darkest nights of our souls, there is a growth which occurs ….

  • which cannot occur in the daylight
  • which cannot occur at any other time but in the night

If I am honest, I wish growth occurred solely in the daylight, or in the good times, for then growth would always be pleasant, welcomed, and desired. To get through the night, or the difficult times, growth can be painful, dissatisfying and unpleasant. Yet growth occurs both night and day.

The gardener does not understand how it happens. He only knows his gardens grows and produces a harvest.

And here is the mystery which stood out to me …

At times it happens –

On. Its. Own.

In. The. Dark.


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