Leaks and broken water lines are messy, often costly, and can be very discouraging. After receiving a large water bill in late December, Clark and a friend found a water leak close to the house. They got the leak under control and a plumber repaired the pipe. But a few weeks later, we received another high water bill. No, it wasn’t the original break. This time, Clark discovered the problem was a sewer leak near the end of our driveway. A pipe had apparently been cut accidently. The City repaired the break at no cost to us, but a portion of our ground cover had to be uprooted to reach the problem area. We knew in time the Winter Creeper would fill in the barren place and we hardly noticed it. Until. One morning last week Clark saw what appeared to be large weeds near the spot where the repairs had been made. Instead of weeds, there was a garden of 18 flourishing tomato plants and at least one cantaloupe vine. Totally unexpected!
I don’t know what the outcome of our “garden” will be, but what a wonderful reminder that we never know what unexpected blessings and new growth our Heavenly Father will bring out of personal times of discouragement and brokenness. May our daily prayer be Paul’s from Ephesians 3:16-21 “that according to the riches of God’s glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”