Bad News for the Grevillea

As most of you probably know Lesley and I love our garden. Bit by bit we are transforming our once neglected and overrun block into what we consider a lovely spot. Most of the blackberries are gone, ragwort almost eradicated but tea tree just keep popping up everywhere. While a lot of the main planting is done there are still some spots to develop and other spots where we intend to add additional plants.  Not everything has grown but in the main we have had good survival rate. Callistemon, birch trees, apples, camellias and on and on I could go.

Now let me tell you about the Grevillea, poor sad Grevillea. At the beginning of the tale I must say I didn’t mean to kill it, I had the very best intentions for it. There is this spot where we planted the most delightful ground cover, it was looking beautiful, flowering and cascading over the dry rock wall until it died last winter from frost bite (despite the label saying frost tolerant). So we decided to buy a very nice ground cover Grevillea sometime last November.

It looked lovely, healthy, dark green and covered in flowers. I thought I would do the right thing and not plant straight away as the forecast was for a few hot days. So I put it around the other side of the carport in a shady spot. I watered it, kept my eye on it. Oops! Not looking so good, very dry so stand it in the bird bath. That was close nearly lost it. Better wait for it to fully recover before I plant it. Bother! I think it’s dead, back in the bird bath. No, this time it was too late. Poor Grevillea, all that potential for growth lost just because I was careless.

If we, as disciples are not well planted, fed and watered by the things of God then faith and hope can wither and die. Jeramiah wrote some words of encouragement and challenge.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 The Message (MSG) 7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

Do you trust God? Is your life planted in and fed by His word? Or are you standing in the shade waiting for a better day and relying on something or someone else?

Pastor Stewart.