Meditation Monday – Transplanting For Life

by Christine Sine
Time for love garden

by Christine Sine,

On Saturday, I transplanted some of the seedlings that have grown up around my Time to Love garden. “Unless a seed fall into the ground and dies…” I reflected on when I planted it, but today I realize there is much more to the story than that.

As you can see, the garden has become extremely crowded and they have even covered up the love stones I planted to mark the path from the cross to the tomb and out into the world.

Overcrowded Easter garden

Overcrowded Easter garden

For the seedlings that have sprouted to produce their full harvest, they must be uprooted, transplanted and eventually replanted all around the garden. Maybe they will even take the love stones with them or need some new and bigger “love stones” around them. They cannot cling to the experience of crucifixion or even of resurrection and the empty tomb, they must be spread out into places where they have room to grow and the right environment in which to grow. They must also be tended with great care in that early stage until they are able to look after themselves and grow to their full glory.

Transplanted seedlings

Transplanted seedlings

So on Saturday, I didn’t transplant them into their final positions in the garden, where their tender shoots could be destroyed by frost or bitter wind. Instead, I transplanted them into pots where I can tend and watch over them for the next couple of weeks. Then I will harden them up until they are ready to go into their final spot in the garden. At the same time, I will work on the soil to make sure that it is ready so that these new plants can thrive.

As I moved some of the plants I learned some important lessons too. Some of the seedlings looked great but as I tried to transplant them I realized they had no roots and would not survive no matter where I transplanted them too. Others seemed to have little growth but had lots of roots. They will thrive even though they seemed to be weak while they huddled round the tomb. Others where so enmeshed with other seedlings that they could never be separated out. They would never grow to their full potential, and with reluctance I nipped them out to allow the stronger plant room to grow. Last but not least I realized that there are still seedlings sprouting around the tomb and my thinning out and transplanting has allowed them time to grow.

Uncluttered garden

Uncluttered garden

How like the process that God wants to take us through, I thought. So many lessons to learn. We are planted by the empty tomb and rejoice in its power to give us life, and we want to bask in its glory. But if we stay there, we will die and those who may be taking root more slowly will never have a chance to grow. If we do not allow ourselves to be transplanted into new and uncrowded soil, we will not thrive either and the love that marked the path for us will be covered up.

So now that Easter Sunday is over, is it time for you to get ready to be transplanted and where do you think God is wanting to transplant you to? What is the final place in the garden of this world that you think God is preparing you for and how is the Creator of the universe preparing you, and the soil into which you will be planted, for that coming time of flourishing? Last, but maybe most importantly, how will you carry the love of God with you as you are planted out in the world?

These are the questions I have been asking myself this morning. I continue to work through a time of discernment, the exciting results of which I hope to share with you in a few weeks. All I can say now is that God is preparing me for a new stage of flourishing and hopefull,y a new harvest of tasty fruit.

I encourage you, too, to take time to think about where God might want to plant you in the future and how you might still need to prepare for that place of flourishing. I think that this last year in a COVID wilderness has begun the preparation, but there is still more to do. Maybe God is just transplanting us so that we can be fully prepared for what lies ahead.

As I thought about all of this today, I was reminded of this prayer that I wrote during Lent but never used. It is definitely God’s prayer for me today. Maybe it is God’s prayer for you too.

It’s time to reboot,
Not worn out thoughts
And practices that once seemed
To form the centre of my life,
But new ones,
that alter the very fabric of my being.
This wilderness living has not been easy,
It has parched our souls
And left us gasping
For the water of life.
Yet hidden in the cracks and seeming lifeless landscape,
Are seeds of beauty
Waiting to be born.
It’s time to reboot,
To move my eyes towards the light
Of a new day
And catch the brightness of its shining.

© Christine Sine 2021

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Sheryl Shenk April 12, 2021 - 7:24 am

Christine, may I use your prayer at the end of your post within a Creation Care Path prayer guide I’m working on for spring at our church? I would give credit to you. Thanks for your consideration

Christine Sine April 12, 2021 - 8:48 am

Feel free to do that – just acknowledge me as author and link to Godspace

Herbert Orr April 12, 2021 - 8:26 am

It appears that in the 1st photo the stems appear to be taller than needs to be. I have seedlings that are 3 inches tall with still the 1st petals are still there. Do you think that they will become what they should be? I give them as much
sunlight that I can plus I use a bright light on them when the sun no longer shines each day.

Christine Sine April 12, 2021 - 8:49 am

It is hard for me to say without knowing what kinds of seedlings. It sounds to me as though they are not getting enough light and are getting spindly though.

Laura Parker April 12, 2021 - 6:29 pm

Wow, Christine, I needed this today!
I, too, have been discerning for some time about another position for my future but lately been thinking much about me leaving my present ministry site, which has brought me much joy, knowledge and transformation.i am thinking that I won’t be getting the same in my possible next position in the same way as I am receiving now and where would that leave me. But I also need to remember that the Divine has prepared me in the past for all my placements, so, why wouldn’t this next position be the same?
If my gut is saying this is right for me as a next step, then I need to honor that.

Christine Sine April 13, 2021 - 8:24 am

So glad this was helpful. I think that sometimes we miss what God is saying because we either don’t listen to all the voices we need to or because we don’t give it enough time

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