Simon [Peter]…, do you love me…? (Jn 21:xx)
Last week, I repotted some household plants. Two of them really needed to be transferred into larger pots so that the roots have more room to grow. For the next 72-hours, however, the plants didn’t look so hot. The poor things wilted sickly in their new homes. If those plants could talk back, they’d complain to me about how happy they were in their original pot—and that I was stressing them out! But you know what? After a little while, they took off and began spreading again. The stems shot up and the leaves sprouted. Whew!
This is similar to what happens to Simon Peter in the post-Resurrection scene on the Sea of Tiberias. Peter had grown to the point of acknowledging Jesus as Israel’s Messiah. Jesus could see that Peter was ready to be replanted into a new environment. By giving him a new name and a placing him in a new role, Jesus gave him the chance to grow even more. Peter was likely shocked by the sudden transition. It wasn’t an easy shift—but it was worth it! Just think about everything that Peter was able to accomplish once his roots in Christ were fully established.
By the way, how are you doing? Perhaps like Peter, you’re starting to burst from the confines of your own little pot. Maybe you’ve faltered when God moved you into a new responsibility. Yet looking back, you can see how His grace helped you grow and bear fruit. Replanting might feel stressful at the time but it’s an effective way to foster growth and fruitfulness—both on plants and in people. Each time God replants you, He does it to help you thrive. You might have faced the challenge of a new job or a role in your family—or a new season of life. Either way, you can trust God and embrace each new situation because you know He’s taking care of you. As a careful gardener does for a plant, God will provide what you need to grow to your fullest potential.
In God’s Time,