Weeks ago, Kacie, Jackson and I ate some oranges. We saved the seeds, a couple dozen of them. I put all of them, along with soil into a small pot, approximately two inches high. I soaked the soil down well, wrapped the little pot in plastic and stuck it in the top of my closet.
At that time, I wrote an article about physical and spiritual seeds and asked the Lord to bless our seeds... dedicating those seeds to all of us here at FaithWriters. Within a few days, we had two sprouts.
I babied those little sprouts and praised the Lord publicly for blessing our seeds. They were doing great and I thought about transplanting them when they got a few inches tall. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
When the tallest sprout got to about half an inch, it almost completely withered. The smaller sprout was still green, but the top of it was just beginning to wither as well. I took the little pot outside and hoped that sunshine would cure them. But they continued to get worse.
It suddenly dawned on me that they could possibly be root-bound in that tiny pot. So, I went ahead and transplanted them, praying that they weren't too fragile to survive the transplant. Sure enough, the roots were long and had reached the bottom of the little pot.
I carefully planted the little sprouts in the same extra large pot in which I have an exotic tree growing. I noticed that one of the other seeds was green and breaking open... a third sprout, praise the Lord! I watered them heavily for a few days and then waited...
The largest sprout looks exactly like it did when I transplanted it -- The very bottom is still green, but the top is completely withered. It has a chance of surviving. The smaller sprout doesn't look much better than it did either. It's still green and the tip of it is still withered. If it's any bigger at all, I can't tell. The third sprout is about half an inch tall now and has tiny leaves on its tip. I thought that if one of the other sprouts didn't happen to make it, perhaps at least one of them and the third one would. Then, at least we'd still have two. (It usually takes two trees in order to bear fruit.)
To my very pleasant surprise, I went out this morning to check on our little babies and found a brand new sprout. But it wasn't just any new sprout. This sprout is thicker, stronger, and taller than ANY of the other three sprouts. It's brand new, sprouted up overnight, and it's already about three quarters of an inch tall, maybe even a whole inch. What a blessing!
Who knows... we may wind up with dozens of orange trees before it's over -- an orchard even! Hey, oranges are very seldom seen growing in Texas, so you Californians and Floridians might have to excuse all my excitement. Hope you all have room in your tummies for oranges!
Great Article ;Suprise Sprouts on the Horizon!
Jesus did promise us that as we abide in Him ;in the Vine we will bear much fruit for His Glory." Thanks this blessed me!"
In Jesus Love ,your Sister Dee:)
What joy! Just as it is with God when He 'plants' something... an idea, a purpose, a thought. It can bloom into something extraordinary. We may not see it while it's growing, and at times it needs extra care, but when it is fully grown, the juices flow! Enjoy those oranges! Love, Peggy
Ah, to be His orchard! To known that under His tender care I can be the sweet fragrance wafting heavenward, filling His court with praise.
I grew up around orange orchards. I know what it is to breathe in deeply of their lingering fragrance ... I know the smile it brings to dark nights. May we each be fragrant blossoms in the orchard of God's blessing.
I'm excited for you too! I'm not much a sprout person or plant person or any kind of green, leafy growing person so I'll praise God for your success. As for my family here in CA, we're enjoying pears right now, but your story kind of makes me want an orange. Yum! Dancing to your happy beat-
From one who loves sprouts to another, PTL!!! (Song of Solomon 4:12--A garden enclosed is my sister, MY SPOUSE, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.)I have a feeling your fountain is about ready to start flowing ALL OVER THE PLACE. Can't wait to taste those oranges. (smile) Love you so much, Sharon