Geraniums are adding vibrant hues of whites, pinks, and greens to my outdoor living area. They are back in full bloom after living in my office all winter.
When I put the geraniums outside a couple months ago, they were scraggly. Within a few days they began to fill out with new growth; their fresh leaves were a deeper and healthier green.
I fertilized the plants and placed them where they would soak in the sunlight. After developing a few initial blooms, a profusion of buds burst out to produce the full bloom I’m enjoying.
But now the geraniums aren’t looking so great. Even though they are still blooming, the plants are a bit scraggly again and some of the leaves dropping off. This happens each year after the geraniums show their first big bloom. If the plants follow the same cycle as before, they will recover and in a few weeks put out more buds for another rich array of flowers.
I’ve experienced a similar ebb and flow in my life, as well as observing it in the lives of others. We starting making healthy decisions and enter a season of growth, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically. We enjoy the results; others notice our growth and encourage us. We feel good about what we see happening.
But then days come when growth is not as evident. We feel a bit scraggly ourselves, just like my geraniums. It is so easy to be discouraged and give in to the temptation to stop doing whatever feeds our growth. However if we will endure, the roots that have supported our season of growth will continue developing and grow even stronger so they can support yet another season of growth.
I’m not going to throw my geraniums out, even though they won’t look so great for a few weeks. I will keep giving them the care they need, allowing them the time they need to strengthen to flourish again.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)