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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Number 5...Alive!

How many of you remember the movie "Short Circuit"? It's the story an experimental robot named Johnny Five or Number 5 who gets zapped by lightening and "comes alive". He finds himself at the home of Stephanie (Ally Sheedy) and they become friends. Number five has an insatiable appetite for information and this is where some of the humour comes in. Of course the government is out to find him and destroy him. In the course of the movie Number Five takes some hits, but of course you can't keep a "good robot down".
I remember watching it years ago, and for some funny reason it came to my mind when looking at my African Violet. I bought this plant about 18 years ago. When I first got it there were some flowers on it but they eventually fell off and no new flowers ever came back. I kept it around for awhile (long while!) with no flowers on it. I should say that at the time I didn't have the best lighting for plants. Anyways...I had a little talk with the plant. I told it that if I didn't see any buds on it in the next two weeks it was going in the garbage. Well amazingly, there were buds, lots of them within the two weeks. I couldn't believe it!!

A few years later we moved to the home we are in now. It survived the move. We've been here for almost 9 years. Last summer I was going away for a few days and I asked my son to throw out some fresh flowers that were getting old and to water the plants (2) a bit each day while I was gone. Simple right? When I got home four days later I found my African Violet on the patio table outside pretty much burnt to a crisp. Ahhhhh!!! It was not a complicated request! Well I brought it in and it took awhile but it started turning green and eventually I saw some buds. It didn't take long before it was back to its old self again. 

Then we git a couple of kittens last August. Well they got bigger and eventually they were able to jump on chairs and then the counter which is where my African Violet is. (I have no other place for it.) I would see bits of dirt on the counter, so I knew they were digging in there but of course they never did it when we were around. We went away at Christmas and had a friend check in on the cats for us. When we got home the whole thing was all smashed on the floor. Dirt was everywhere! Ahhhhh!!! The mess got cleaned up, another pot found, and once again this survivor of a plant was given the opportunity to bud and show forth its glory.

This makes me think of the verse in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
We are to manifest the glory of God in our lives and we can still do that despite the opposition that comes our way or the hits that we take. Regardless of how you feel right now, you will bloom again! The Holy Spirit is there to put you back together, shine His love on you, and water you with His Word! Don't despair!


You're not disassembled...you're alive!
Blessings, Diane

1 comment :

  1. we have this plant in our country too... in fact we had it at our home...


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