With a new picket fence now installed, I’ll soon be able to transplant flowers and shrubs that have been anxiously awaiting their new address in the garden, where they can grow and flourish to their finest potential.

While I enjoy the transplanting process, my plants often do not. If transplanted too soon or too late in the season, they often suffer from all types of stress. Some of which will temporarily set them back in terms of growth, while others will set them back in terms of life…permanently!

Thankfully, no guesswork is involved when it comes to our heavenly Father deciding when we are in need of a little “transplanting” – emotionally, spiritually or physically speaking. He lovingly moves us to precise places of growth, especially those areas where we would not take root and grow otherwise. Unlike the novice gardener, His timing is never too soon, nor too late, although they often appear to us as the most inopportune times possible.

If a mere gardener is aware of a plant’s potential in new surroundings, how much more aware is the Master Gardener when it comes to His children? Unlike the earthly transplanting process, stress need not be a factor as we entrust our lives to the One who loves us too much to keep us from places where His fullest potential can take root and flourish!

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

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