Guest Blogger: Bob Prentice
My family and I went on vacation over the 4th of July. Our plans were set, reservations made, newspaper and mail stopped, bags packed. As we made a last pass through our house to make sure we hadn’t forgotten anything, I looked out the sliding glass doors in the kitchen and saw our plants. It hit me that we had no plans for taking care of our plants.
We have 16 flower pots on our back deck. They are filled with pansies, petunias, marigolds, and elephant ear caladiums. On a cool day they need a heavy soaking to stay healthy. On a hot day, they need at least two soakings to keep them from wilting.
The weather was forecast to be hot (mid to high 90s). I said to my wife, “Our plants might die.” She agreed. We’ve had times in past years when a missed watering resulted in dehydrated plants that never fully recovered. Three or four days in high heat with no water might kill them.
I lamented to my wife, “Well, that’s the price of going on vacation.”
As we were backing out of our driveway, I was thinking about our flowers and was a little sad because they gave me pleasure. The flowers were arranged on our deck so we could see them through our sliding glass doors. I enjoyed looking at them in the morning when I prepared breakfast and in the evening when I drank my coffee. They provided a sense of peace in a hurried world.
As we drove past our house a thought flashed in my mind, “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2). Another thought followed, “Pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6).
So I said a silent prayer right then asking our Lord to watch over our plants and protect them. I thought that praying for plants seemed like a pretty minor thing to pray about. But then I remembered a discussion we had in a small group about bringing EVERYTHING to God in prayer. And the verse, “You have not, because you ask not,” is pretty compelling. It would be hard to convey the meaning more directly. So I added prayers for our plants to my daily prayers while we were on vacation.
On our return trip I became anxious as we climbed Robinson Hill Road and headed towards our house. I thought that the plants were OK, but I wanted to see them to confirm it. When we arrived home, I walked straight to the kitchen and looked out. The plants looked wonderful. The elephant ears had grown and we had some of the biggest ears we’ve ever had. The petunias had new growth and many new flowers. Everything was thriving.
On seeing all of this, I gave praises to our Lord. I am passing this on to you that He may be honored when you read this and that you may be encouraged to bring EVERYTHING to our Lord in prayer.
Bob Prentice is a software engineer with a passion for prayer. He and his wife, Jan, lead a weekly prayer group. They can often be found in the prayer room during worship services at their church, New Life Ministries in Endicott, NY. This post originated as an e-mail in July 2010.