Monday, June 19, 2006


Main Entry: re·sil·ience
Pronunciation: ri-'zil-y&n(t)s
Function: noun
1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

I truly love gardening. Although I'm sure my husband thinks otherwise when he watches yet-to-be planted flowers wilting in their pots. Never fear, I say. Last night I planted a few hapless petunias and nicotania. They looked rather sad and droopy once they were placed in the container, and continued to look pathetic even after I watered them well. This morning however, after an early morning rainshower, I peeked outside and their faces were upturned, their colors bright and their leaves looked strong and healthy. And I was pleased that I had not given up on them.

Are you resilient? Do you bounce back easily? Although I'd like to think I'm pretty resilient, admittedly sometimes I still feel a bit wilted and droopy after a crisis hits or change rolls my way. I know though, without a shadow of a doubt, that I will bounce back. I will get up again. Not because of anything I do or any great power I possess. And certainly not because I feel like it or have the strength to do so. But I will, simply because the life that is in me is not of me. It's of Christ. And He never gives up on His own.

Resilience. I'm liking that word this week!


Katrina said...

I guess I don't normally think of myself as resilient. Crises and hardships can really take their toll on me. But when I look back over my life, I see that I have recovered, I have bounced back, from the things that life has thrown at me. I know it's because God gives me the strength to keep going and to watch for His hand to work.

Jeannine said...

I guess by God's grace I'm pretty resilient.

Isn't amazing that when we water plants they do okay, but when God waters them they really thrive. I really notice a difference in our garden from when we use the sprinkler and when God sends a good, soaking rain--or even a torrential downpour.