I was talking to a friend at Bible study recently and mentioned I was getting ready to plant my spring flowers. This friend is a landscape architect who designs and creates some of the most beautiful yards in Dallas. She recommended that I use Superthrive on each new planting. It was amazing advice!
The flowers are blooming in abundance. I know that some of you are wondering why I am writing a blog about a fertilizer. I have a good reason. I have mentioned before that I’m not a great cook. Truthfully, I’m not very good at plants and landscaping either.
My husband and I have a standing joke as we walk around our neighborhood. Our homeowners association chooses two homes each month to get “The Yard of the Month.” We have lived in our area for more than five years now and we’ve yet to be selected for that particular honor. Actually, I doubt we have ever been in the running.
I think Superthrive might be the key. Things have never looked so good! This stuff is amazing. It is just a small brown bottle, next to the larger more famous fertilizers on the garden center shelves. Without a recommendation from a friend “in-the-know” I never would have picked it up. We bought three bottles, which I think will last us until 2017. One teaspoon is all you need for a five-gallon bucket, once a month. This is powerful stuff! When I went to the counter to purchase my Superthrive, the man checking me out said, “This is all I ever use.” He owned the nursery so I knew I was making a great purchase.
I have nothing invested in Superthrive, except for the three bottles on my shelf. I’m writing this blog so that all of you have better, more beautiful yards – and more. I’ve been teased that I can find a spiritual application out of most anything. Superthrive is not an exception to that.
I want to remind you of some Superthrive Scripture. After all, our souls could use a little “fertilizer” now and then. Peter taught that we were to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). How can we pour a little Superthrive into our walk with the Lord?
First, remember that a little goes a long way! Matthew 17:20 reminds us of God’s version of Superthrive. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Even a little faith has enormous power. How do you live with mustard seed faith?
Isaiah told us that, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). It is good to re-examine where we might have placed our hope. Are we trusting in a bank balance, a spouse, a career or good luck? Isaiah reminds us to make sure that our hope is in the Lord. Faith grows when we trust God with the circumstances of our lives. Faith is “Superthrive” for our souls. How do we know if we are living with mustard seed faith?
That is an easy answer. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Jesus also said, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). And Jesus gave us this warning: “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2).
All of us can stay busy most of the time, but are we busy doing “nothing?” Scripture says that we can do nothing for God unless we do our work through Jesus. How do you know if you are living the life God has designed you for? The answer: Jesus is at work through your life, and your life bears that fruit.
The word of God, a walk with God and the worship of God will produce faith in God. If we could put it in a bottle and sell it we might call it “Superthrive for the soul.” Consider adding a little fertilizer to your soul. (Hint: once a month won’t be often enough!)
I hope all of us will have a fruitful summer!