I recently planted a vegetable garden using those "as seen on TV" pods. It was the first time I'd attempted gardening. And it was exciting.
Each morning I'd check it and each early evening when I watered it I'd check it again. Like clockwork.
This continued over two months. Also over the same period of time life intervened: family problems and problems elsewhere sprouted like weeds.
But, I continue the garden routine. Finally, I was rewarded with basal, cilantro, dill, lettuce, and squash. But, no tomatoes. I wanted tomatoes. The problems at home continued and became more severe.
Then it happened. One morning while contemplating my myriad of woes as I inspected my garden, there they were. On the tomato plants where they had flowered now were tiny green spheres--the beginning of tomatoes. Finally!!
And for a moment the problems were forgotten. They beauty of God's work took center stage.
And I recalled that, like that tomato plant, I am one of His creations. And better yet, as a Christian, one of His children. Those little green tomatoes reminded me that if God cares for lowly plants, he certainly cares for me (see Matthew 6:28-30). Then suddenly, those problems fell into perspective.
Its been a month since then. The problems are still there.
But, so are the tomatoes.