A little while ago I was listening to the Friend magazine in preparation to teach sharing time. I came across an activity page which shared the idea of using a large drink container, filling it with dirt, and planting some carrot seeds. So what did I do the very next day? Headed to the Dollar Store of course!
This morning as I was cleaning up the kitchen I looked up and noticed my carrots in the window. Both containers were planted at the exact time. It was obvious that bigger container was the better choice.
I smiled as I thought of my son and how I am going to need to make sure that I give him room to "grow" so he can grow. My thoughts then seemed to change all at once to how Heavenly Father is giving me room so I can grow.
If life stays unchanging, sheltered, and comfortable, I will likely end up like the carrots in the mason jar, never fulfilling the measure of my creation. But a wise, perfect Heavenly Father knew/knows what I need in my "earth life" container. Challenges, heartaches, joys, laughter, death, sorrow, love, hope, darkness, light, silence, noise, and peace... All those types of experiences combined together, equal a perfect container/condition to grow.