Observation: For many years now, I’ve propagated sweet potatoes for the garden. The process begins by suspending a sweet potato with tooth picks halfway down in a cup of water. Place the potato in a window seal or location that receives a good portion of light. In a short time you will begin to see sprouts of new life emerging from the sweet potato. These are called “slips” and once they are 4” – 6” you can pinch them off and place in a separate cup of water to grow roots. This happens within 2-4 days. Once a good root system is established, the plants can be planted outside in a sunny location.
Interpretation: This year, as I’ve watched this process emerge a “sweeter” than “sweet potatoes truth emerged. All of God’s creation is designed to produce life. I’ve been so accustomed to “consuming” life, surviving, but not fully thriving. As I watched the sweet potato transform, exposed to the elements of light and water it was flourishing — the truth became very real to me. These elements had influenced the sweet potato in a way that it began producing life abundantly. Once the slips are planted this one potato has the potential of creating hundreds of potatoes.
Application: Our design for life is equally productive. Our constant communion with God makes it possible for us to not be consumed by life. We have all that we need in Him. He implanted life in us from the day we were created. Our bodies, like the sweet potato, can heal because He designed them to. All we do is abide in Him and new life begins to emerge. Rather than consuming life, we can live more abundantly from the inside out!!!
I invite you to put this lesson into action. Get ‘ya a sweet potato and see what happens right before your eyes. Even if you don’t enjoy eating them, they are beautiful ground cover with little purple flowers.
SWEET POTATO FUN FACT: They are highly nutritious and accredited with saving more lives than any other food – through the depression, malnutrition and poverty!
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU: You are sweeter than a sweet potato. May your communion with God flourish!!!
Here’s more on growing Sweet Potatoes from the Old Farmer’s Almanac: http://www.almanac.com/plant/sweet-potato