It Is God Who Makes It Grow

During the spring time I am always drawn to the tractors out in the field, whether they are tilling up the land or planting the corn in the field. Maybe it is because my grandparents grew up on the farm. But whatever the reason I wonder how the field will do. Then after a few weeks, I am amazed at the dotted rows with new green growth breaking through the dirt. Each time, as I watch the corn grow taller and taller, I am reminded of St. Paul when he said, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth" (1Cor. 3:6-7). Every farmer will tell you the moment after you plant the corn it is all up to God. You can make sure that the crops are watered and fertilized, but it is up to God to make it grow.

In our own lives are we any different? We can eat healthy and exercise, but without God we are nothing. It is God who makes us grow in order to achieve our full potential – to care for God’s creation and to care for one another. It is God’s grace and forgiveness that was given through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that gives us the chance to shed the sins we have committed and grow stronger. Thanks be to God, that our rock of our salvation is the foundation from which we gather our strength. God will not leave us but make us stronger each and every day. Now go out and enjoy God’s creation and see that God is good.