Persistent Nature

I’ve been awed the last few weeks watching this rogue little squash plant persistently trying to make fruit. I go out early most mornings just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful yellow flowers that are at their peak before the sun’s rays cause them to wilt and shrivel.

This is not a plant that I set out or planted. It’s a miracle to me that it even exists, which fascinates me all the more.

Two years ago, my husband built these awesome raised beds for me.

They were built before we knew where our new house would be placed, so they ended up being too far away to be useful once the house was built. My husband passed away before he could move them to the back yard of the new house, so a couple months ago, my son moved them for me with a skid steer. That required picking up and moving the frames, then scooping up the dirt and refilling them.  In doing this, most of the dirt originally on top was now on bottom and vice versa.

It was too late in the season to start a garden, so I decided to wait until next Spring to amend the soil and plant. The beds had been idle for almost 2 years. They had been planted only once since my husband made them. After a couple rains, I noticed this lone squash plant coming up and decided to leave it, just to have something to watch grow. Frost would be coming soon, so I never expected much to come of the little plant, but before I knew it, there were blooms. Big, beautiful blooms that seemed out of place on such a tiny plant.

Then the first cool night came and the next morning the squash plant was all wilted and, I assumed, about to die. I noticed a break in the main stem right at ground level and thought if the cold didn’t kill it, the break surely would.

For several days I didn’t go out to check on the plant.  Then, this morning when I took out the trash, that big yellow bloom caught my eye and I walked over to the bed to see that the little plant was loaded with buds! I looked again at the broken stem. I was shivering in the chilly morning air, but couldn’t help but smile at the persistence of that tiny squash plant.

How awesome is our God who takes seemingly impossible situations and broken pieces and makes something so beautiful from them. What joy can be found in the seemingly insignificant occurrences in nature that we often overlook. One little rogue squash plant. Imagine that!

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