by Mwape Mwanakatwe
“Nothing reminds us of an awakening more than rain.” ― Dejan Stojanovic
Anyone who knows me knows that I can NOT stand rain. I hate getting soaked. I hate wet shoes and damp socks. I hate wet hair especially since I have natural hair which immediately goes into its original state when touched by water. I hate thunder and I hate lightening unless I’m curled in my bed. Truth be told I think I hate rain solely because I hate umbrellas. I hate buying and using them because they honestly feel like way too much work. The wind is usually so strong that your umbrella flips inside out and you end up soaked like a wet puppy. Either this or you have to carry one of those big umbrellas which can be easily mistaken for a bazooka and is the most inconvenient thing. Urgh Rain!
Beginning of the summer I decided to start my plant family and I bought 5 little plants that I was going to take great care of. I got all sorts of books from the library on how to take care of them and was forever on Pinterest saving gardening ideas. As always with me things did not fully go as planned. Within a few weeks my basil plant was essentially dead. It looked withered, dry, was discolored and was definitely not fit to be used for cooking. I had decided to throw out my plant but by the time I got to it there was a thunderstorm. After two days I went out to throw it and to my surprise the plant was alive. My mouth dropped when I saw that it had grown new leaves, the leaves were green and it looked fresh. Life! That’s a picture!
We all know that a plant NEEDS water but what does a plant use it for? Of course I’m a nerd and decided to do a little research. I found that a plant uses water for four main things; germination, photosynthesis, nutrients transfer and transpiration. Grow anything defines these stages as follows:
- Germination – Germination starts when a seed is provided with water as long as the temperature is appropriate. Water helps cause seeds or spores to sprout or to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism. A seed needs water to activate the enzymes that orchestrate the germination process. Absorbed water also causes the seed to swell and soften which makes it possible for the plant to break through.
- Photosynthesis – photosynthesis (literally “putting together” or “synthesizing” light) produces food for the plant by combining light energy, carbon dioxide and water, each of which (along with nutrients from the soil) is needed in order for the plant to grow.
- Nutrient Transfer – Water is a necessary conduit for the transfer of nutrients from the soil and into the root system. Without it, the soil’s nutrients could not be absorbed by the plant.
- Transpiration – The process of giving off vapor containing water and waste products, especially through the stomata on leaves or the pores of the skin. Transpiration Allows the intake of carbon dioxide from the air, cools the plant and causes nutrients and water to flow throughout the plant, thereby feeding and hydrating it.
Water is clearly very important for the plant. Many of its processes require water. Get to the point Mwape!!
God has really renewed my mind on my perception of rain. The rain has become a symbol of hope for me because I know it renews, restores and revitalizes. Rain brings many blessings; there’s a popular phrase where I live… “April showers bring May flowers.” The beauty of spring is that flowers begin to clothe themselves in different colors, rainbows come out to play and the air smells like hope. In the same way when God rains down on us our spirits are revived and newness takes place.
Germination=Mind blown! What seed has God placed in you and what is needed to get that seed to sprout? Water! The term metabolism is commonly used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy. We eat, eat and eat the word but at some point it need to be turned into energy that fuels us to move on behalf the kingdom. God has given you a seed that has the potential to be an oak tree but without germination…without that water that only He brings it only remains a seed.
Water is needed in photosynthesis to make food. There was a time this semester this semester when I was so low that I could not eat spiritually or receive anything from God or his people. It was in this time that God would bring fresh rains that would feed the very depths of my soul which had felt sucked dry.
It’s interesting that in nutrient transfer water is needed to transfer what is in the soil to the root then up the plant. Soil is so important because it has nutrients but what good are the nutrients if the soil can’t access them. We all have people around us who have a wealth of wisdom. We all have access to elders, pastors, mentors and friends who can intercede for us when we go through tough situations. For me there were many times where I needed God to flood over me and my stubbornness to allow what he has placed in others to flow into and through me in order for me to be able to receive. God uses our dry seasons to prepare us for the next; in order for the flower to eventually bloom it needs transfer of nutrients from the outside in.
In transpiration vapor leaves the plant through its pores. What God has placed in you needs to not just stay in you. What we receive from God (love, grace, mercy, compassion, forgiveness) we must release unto others. It’s interesting that in this process water also cools off the plant. Have you ever been in a hot situation? I mean a HOT situation (finances, divorce, school, trouble, bad decisions)? A situation that you knew you couldn’t handle? Where you knew that only God could cool things down for you? How about when a hot situation causes you worry or anxiety? Where you needed God to cool you off? His rains do just that!
Zachariah 10:1 “Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture.”
When I write blogs I know that though people read them not every is touched or feels like this is a word for them. I have a feeling that there is someone who is dry and is needing God to just rain on them. I pray that if that is you that God would send the rains. On your behalf I ask for the rains! I pray that wherever you are as you read this that God would shower you in his presence that his love and mercy would rain down on you. I pray that his rains would saturate every seed he has given you and that you would break forth into purpose and your destiny! I pray that his waters would bring you everything that you need. I pray that every dry place would be moist and that you would experience the downpour of his blessing!
Lightly Salted Caramel
I couldn’t choose one song of the day so here are two!
Rain Down (Jermaine Edwards) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6e7LzUxkXc
Rain on us (Earnest Pugh) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJncObqrJR8