Yesterday, my daughter, her boyfriend, and his sister helped me clean out the chicken run and coop in preparation for our chicken-raising adventure this Spring. As I was picking up wet leaves in the run, I found green springs of Creeping Jenny that have managed to take root, hibernate there and wait patiently for the light and warmth of Spring.
This morning, our sermon series focused on “I Am the Light of the World,” and I was reminded of yesterday’s botanical find in the chicken run as well as this post. ~cameron
With an unexpectedly warm day yesterday, I spent some time puttering around my front flower beds after dinner. In the garden directly in front of my house, I have a large blue ceramic planter that has become home to many bulbs and perennials. Last night, I noticed the tulips had begun to perk up through the dried leaves so I gently peeled back a few layers to see what else might be hiding in there. I love this process because it’s like unwrapping presents–there’s always a wonderful surprise hiding underneath those leaves. And there she was, my friend, Creeping Jenny.
Every spring, the bright green Creeping Jenny peeps through the mulch then by summer, begins to trail down the side and into the garden. Yesterday as I pulled away crunchy dead remnants of Autumn, I noticed something. The places where the leaves had settled had left the stems of the Creeping Jenny brown and woody. I looked closely, and tiny green buds confirmed that they were alive. Moreover, around these stems popped up fully green tips that had reached through the leaves and found the light.
As I continued to clear away the mulch, I realized that those green plants and brown stems represented what happens to us in different seasons of our lives. Sometimes, we have those dark periods that seem to drain us. Our bodies and spirits withdraw or become dormant in order to survive. Then as the light begins to return slowly, as goodness and balance creep in, we blossom–our tiny green buds bursting forth with the energy manifested in love by our Creator. While we may have areas that seem scarred or dead, those places will heal and grow as we step out of the darkness and into the light.
Just as the season of Winter slowly fades and Spring gradually blesses us with new growth, so do the seasons on our life’s journey. The next time, you are experiencing the darkness of struggle, pain, or challenge, remember the Creeping Jenny–remember that the life and light will return again.