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Sunday, February 10, 2013

God's Green Thumb

I love plants, but I will never profess to have a green thumb. If you visit my house, you’ll see all the hardiest non-killable plants in my windows and on the shelves. I water them once a week and enjoy their green color. Some even flower in the wintertime. Gotta love a great plant!

My friend can literally put a stick in the ground, and it sprouts leaves and roots. Once, she and her husband put staves around some flowers to protect them from neighborhood dogs. To my surprise, a month later, one of the staves had rooted and sprouted short green branches and leaves. She just has a knack for plants.

I read about an even greater feat in Numbers 17. There were murmurings among the Israelites. (Imagine that—people being crabby!) They weren’t happy with Aaron’s leadership. So God told Moses, Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man’s name upon his rod. And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers (verses 2-3).

Then God said one of the rods would blossom. The name on that rod would be God’s choice.

So, the twelve rods were put in the tabernacle before the LORD.  

And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness;
and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded,

and brought forth buds,

and bloomed blossoms,

and yielded almonds.

And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel:
and they looked, and took every man his rod (verses 8-9).

These rods, these walking sticks, were dead, peeled sticks.

God, the Creator, the Giver of life, made something amazing happen. Not only did Aaron’s rod bud. It budded, bloomed, and bore fruit—all at the same time.

Now, I’m not a horticulturist, but I know that first there are buds and leaves, then blooms, and then fruit.

God wanted to give those grumbling people a sign that was supernatural, something that would show them His power, His choice, His direction in their lives.

He shows us these same things in the Bible. We can read about Aaron’s rod, how it was kept in the Ark of the Covenant, and how God led His people. We can witness God’s miraculous power through the centuries.

Today, we can rejoice at God’s almighty power.


  1. Wow! This story made me want to shout! Praise God! We serve an awesome God. Only He can make dead sticks alive to sprout and bud and blossom. All to His glory. And He continues to do that every single day when He makes alive those who were dead in their trespasses and sin and gives them new life. Thanks Lou Ann. I look forward to introducing you to my readers at Write Moments with God on February 14th.

    1. Yes, it is so very amazing what God can do! I guess I am always impressed, yet what should I expect from the Creator? Just awesome! Thank you, Rose, for your comment.

  2. Hay muchas cosas parecidas que pasan delante de nuestros ojos y no nos damos cuenta. alabado sea Dios!!


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