I arose this morning to a blue, cloudless sky. There was a gentle breeze and birds chirping, as the sun kissed my cheeks. Today was Arbor Day, a day of nurturance and promoting the GROWTH of our beloved Earth. This was the first Arbor Day that I decided to take an active part. I participated in a garden project with my beloved sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
Our task for the day was to rake mulch and plant flowers. There I was crouched down, and as I held the soil I felt a sense of PEACE. It felt good to get back to basics and travel back to a simpler time in life when I could just play in the dirt. We each took to our individual activities and when two hours rolled around the project was done. I stepped back to assess what had transpired and was amazed to see that our final product had beautified the area. We were finished. As I walked to my car, I marveled at the awesome morning I had experienced. And it was in that moment I stopped to take stock of things. I felt a sense of pride because I finally created for myself an existence that included taking time to PLANT LIFE.
However, these plants meant more to me than their physical ability to beautify the area. These plants were actually an indication of faith. You may wonder FAITH? How could a simple act of planting, demonstrate faith? Well, because you put the green leaves in the ground expecting them to grow, trusting them to thrive into something bigger and stronger than their humble beginnings. If we can do that with leaves, why can’t we do the same with our own lives?
As I drove home the song Help Me Believe by Kirk Franklin came on the radio. I reflected on those lyrics and thought about how they coincided with my morning’s planting. Kirk sings:
I wanna believe
But I’m having a hard time seeing past what I see right now
His words reminded me that some times when things haven’t YET happened, it’s easy to give up and turn back! It seems so simple to give up on your dreams and walk away from your heart’s desires!
But, just as planting involves faith, having the determination to continue pursuing one’s dreams will also require faith! And that’s exactly what I plan to do, going after EACH and EVERY dream! Will you join me?
Let’s plant in faith and watch a beautiful future, unfold.
Life According to Me,