When we lived at about 7000 foot altitude, our tomato plants would survive only if given special treatment. Mid June one year it snowed just a few miles from us. Tomatoes don’t seem to like that! They also don’t respond well to cold, a dry climate, and the harsh sunlight of higher altitude. Leaves wilt quickly in the relentless sun and dry heat.
In order to keep our tomato plants alive, we grew them in a 5 gallon bucket that we drug into the house at night when the temperature dipped. During the day, we could position the fragile plants in the shade to cut the sun stress on them. It was our youngest kids daily job to water and tend them so they didn’t succumb to the elements. Sometimes they looked pretty sad and wilted before being rescued.
God sent Someone to “tend” us like my boys tend their plants. Jesus told His disciples that “another comforter” would come in His place when He went to be with the Father (see John 14:16-17). We know Him as the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “. . .It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
In God’s Care
We are like my kids’ tomato plants. The elements around us suck a lot from of us. Life’s turmoils and sunny pressures blow us around and bake us. Our spirits get sapped. We need water from above to revive us. The Holy Spirit is our Divine Gardener, offering us refreshment when we need it most.
The Circuit ‘Riter, Michael Ullrich
Michael Ullrich has written regular devotional thought articles for 8 newspapers since 1980, along with 3 magazines and various websites since the mid 90’s. With his wife Bonita at his side, Michael pastored for 35 years in rural America, most of the time with Village Missions (village-missions.org) and today is the executive director or Cord Ministries International (Cordmin.com) serving missionaries working in Czech Republic, Israel, Honduras, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand, and the United States..
Michael and Bonita have traveled and spoken on mission trips to Bonaire, Poland, Thailand, Mexico, and Honduras. They have 7 children and numerous grandchildren in 5 states and Mexico.