Heartato: A Season of Growth
I found a potato shaped like a heart. It came from the earth, God’s soil. Heart shaped and life sustaining, giving strength to the body. When I found it, I thought about Psalm 119:64. The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your ways.
Often, we learn and grow through seasons and circumstances of life. There is a time for everything and a season… a time to plant and a time to uproot. (Ecc. 3:1 & 2) If the potato sprout is not planted in the right season or the potato uprooted at the right time, it will rot. The potato and the heart have a lot in common. They both sustain live. They both grow in hidden and unseen places. For a season the potato grows, just like our hearts grow during seasons of our lives.
Sometimes God plants us in unseen places and positions and we grow to become life sustainers just like the Heartato. During our unseen times of earthly confinements, although we may feel restrained and have little control of our environment, we may actually be growing.
After being uprooted for a season, the Heartato begin to sprout. I can see this happening in our lives. Just at the right time God uproots us. We are the revealed product of growth. When the proper season arrives, the sprouts begin to appear and it’s time again to plant so that new growth can once again happen.
The same process can apply to the heartfelt trials and disappointments; times when we feel left in the dark. Then, after the season of growth, the fruit is exposed, the outcome and motives of our hearts being the very nature of Christ revealed. Like the Heartato, we grow spouts of love, unspeakable joy, peace surpassing all understanding, virtuous patience, extensions of kindness, goodness, unshakable faith, and self control that is yielded in trust to God who will work all things together for our conformity to his purposes and his perfect plan for our lives as we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.
For a season, God may have us reserved for a time of underground growth that may even seem like a time of darkness. Then when the time is right, he pulls us up and out and the process of new growth uniquely continues to produce another harvest of righteousness within our hearts. No one potato is quite the same. God knows everyone’s heart and what it needs to grow into conformity to his standards. Uniquely crafted by the master grower who transforms us into life sustaining fruit bringing nourishment to the lives and souls of those we encounter.
If God has us in the Shadow of His Hand, the Master Creator is at work. He is rooting and grounding and establishing in our hearts growth of the love of Christ. If we are in the dark in our lives and circumstances, as we patiently wait, trusting and faithfully listening to him we become empowered in our inner being. What grows in our heart in the dark becomes a nourishing message for someone else once we're back in the light. (Inspirations from Isaiah 49:2 and Matthew 10:27)