When the anxiety bug hits me, I remember my Potato Parable.
As a child, I planted a potato in the ground to see what would happen. After digging a hole, preparing the soil, putting the potato in the ground and covering it up, I stood back with arms folded across my chest, waiting for something to happen. After a few minutes, I began to think that maybe this would take longer than I thought.
Every day I checked on the spot where the potato was planted and watered it when it got dried. After a couple of weeks where nothing happened, I was ready to give up. Then one day, I saw a tiny little sprout where my potato had been planted.
I didn't know if it was connected to my potato but I didn't take any chances and nurtured the seedling all summer. By the fall, it had grown into a bushy healthy plant. I was curious, though, as to what happened to my potato so I dug up the plant. To my amazement, from my one little potato tubers had grown and produced about 18 more potatoes!
This parable teaches us:
- first you have to plant the seed; if no seed is planted, what grows may not be to your liking.
- have faith, even when you don't see immediate results.
- know that the "roots" are growing to provide a stable foundation even when you can't see what's happening.
- nurture what you've planted.
- eventually your seed will mature and provide more than you had expected.
Blessings to you on your journey.
Anne, the Metamorf Maven
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