March 13, 2019
A few weeks ago I wandered into the garden department of  Wal-Mart.  I was instantly drawn to the seed display, a reminder that Spring is really on the way!  Even though I knew it was too early to plant, I decided that this year I’d plant my seeds indoors and move them outside after the last expected frost.
So, I bought seeds to plant broccoli, brussels sprouts, two kinds of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.  I also purchased a tray with little dirt pods so I could start them inside.  
Once the “6-8 weeks before the last frost” arrived, I set to work planting my seeds.  The brussels sprouts and broccoli sprouted within a few days.  Those were the ones that I had to thin out, and that was hard, pulling out little plants that were growing.  But that’s what the instructions said!
But my tomatoes were silent.  Not even a peek of green.  I looked every day (okay, several times a day), and nothing was happening.  Nothing.  More nothing.
Then one day, about 2 weeks later, a little bump of green appeared on the surface of the dirt.  Lo and behold, the tomatoes were on their way!  Everything’s getting so tall, I’m hoping they’ll all be okay until April 15th when they can go outside.  
Here’s the thing…
Watching my over-achieving broccoli and brussels sprouts, and my slow-to-start tomatoes reminded me that on our spiritual journey, we all go at a different pace.  Some of us are born into the church, and our faith is an integral part of who we are.  Some of us turn away from our religious roots, and wander around wondering what life is all about.  Some of us never heard of faith in Christ until we were older, or not even yet.  Some of us bloom late and figure out what a life of faith is after we’ve tried everything else.  
The Nurturer (God) never gives up on us, no matter how fast or slow we are to turn to Him.  God waits patiently for us to sprout, and then He stays with us on the journey until we’re bearing fruit for His Kingdom (God’s plan for us on earth.)
Wherever you are in your faith-sprouting, I hope you’ll continue to grow.  If you have questions or are stuck, I hope you’ll contact me so we can talk.  If you’ve never been to a church, or it’s been a long time, I hope you’ll try it out again.  
Wesley is a warm and welcoming church, and I have no doubt you will feel at home if you visit. Who knows?  You might just begin sprouting in a new way for Spring!
Pastor Judi