Nature has a way of teaching us some valuable life lessons. God created everything in heavens and the earth to declare His awesomeness and Glory.
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.Psalms 19:1-6; The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV)
From the beginning God created vegetation for our well being, to sustain us. (Genesis 1:29-30; 2:8-9). Throughout the Bible He also used the imagery of plants to explain things to the men and women of that time. (Isaiah 61:11, Jeremiah 1:11-12, Jonah 4:6-10, Matthew 13:3-8; 31-32).
About 4 years ago, I had an experience where The Lord used an Aloe plant to give me direction. I bought a potted Aloe plant from a local store and I was diligent to care for the plant. I watered it, gave it adequate lighting, I even talked to it every so often lol. I don’t have much of a green thumb but I do love the look of plants and flowers. I thought my home needed some greenery so I decided I would buy something that didn’t require too much maintenance.
My Aloe plant was thriving. I was proud of myself! It wasn’t quite time to re-pot my Aloe so I continued to take care of it. Suddenly my Aloe got too big for the pot it was in. I was in the kitchen one day, where I kept my Aloe, and I just glanced over at it and I heard a small still voice say “You are outgrowing your environment”. What the Lord said resonated in me.. I pondered on the statement the entire day. During this time I was still living at home with my parents, and was getting to know my (now) husband. I was really praying and seeking the Lord’s direction regarding this new relationship that I was in and was a little timid about what was coming next- Marriage, leaving my home and parents and starting a new life in a new home with this individual. By the time I bought a new pot, my Aloe started to die rapidly. What The Lord was teaching me through this experience was that the environment that I was living in was no longer conducive to my growth and what the Lord wanted to do in my life.
There are instances in life when we must leave certain environments, people, etc. behind in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. Failure to do so will cause stagnancy and ultimately spiritual death. It is important for us to recognize when that time has come and when it is time to move ahead. The critical thing is that we are listening to the voice of the Lord.. when He says go, we go, when He says be still, we be still. In ALL things seek and listen to the Lord’s counsel.