A dead tomato

I have a hydroponic test garden out in a field. I collected rain water to supply it. I am growing several different kinds of plants seeing what will grow in this harsh environment. I have a leaf lettuce, some kale, a red pepper, a petunia and two tomato plants. I was looking at one of my tomato plants yesterday. It almost died. Every branch had turned black. The trunk was still yellow/green and there was one line baby tomato barely hanging on.

Then something changed. It started sprouting new branches from the almost dead trunk.

Seeing this happen reminded me of some verses in Ephesians.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:1-5 –

By God’s Grace, this plant came back to life. A similar thing happened to me. I was dead in my sin, dead to God, alienated, estranged, but then I received Jesus gift of grace, he died to pay for all of my sin, and I was brought back to life, brought into God’s loving embrace, brought into God’s family and given life. This offer is open to all people. Will you receive God’s gift of life today? If you already have it, will you tell someone else about God’s gracious gift?

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?