I bought a beautiful lush maiden hair fern and put it in a prime spot in our living room. It was unhappy there, so it was moved and moved again trying to find a place, any place that it loved – or even liked. It has been sprayed with a fine mist, watered to the level that gardener Google has described – all to no avail. Each morning I see that a few more bits on it have shrivelled up, the new shoots being outnumbered by the dead ones. I have had enough of it – there is about one week between that fern and the compost bin. How much effort should I put into an unresponsive and clearly ungrateful plant?
If I were as forgiving as God, I would not give up trying to help that plant reach its potential. Just as he does with us – he perseveres to give us opportunities to be in a relationship with him. It is a great offer, the rewards far greater any earthly treasure. Why not accept that offer?
Lord we thank you that you do not give up on us. You forgive our shortcomings and want to help us find a path to you. Amen