Last month I mentioned the severe winter weather we experienced here in southeast Texas, and how destructive it was for our plants. Today I’d like to tell you about the renewal which came after the damage, and began mere weeks following that post.

The renewal began as specs of green, barely discernible amid the brown, dry, dead plant remains in the backyard. It appeared much earlier than I ever expected.

I looked carefully to be certain the specs were actually new growth. Inch by inch the plants grew. You could even say they thrived.

A month later, the growth is impressive.

After all the bitterness of their environment, these plants survived and are thriving even more. They pushed through the devastation and didn’t give up.

If their beginning recovery is any indication, I expect they will flourish and grow rapidly in the upcoming warmer months.

In my previous post I mentioned that when the Divine Gardner takes us in his hands after we experience devastating situations, there is hope for new life. Renewal. Just as there was with the frozen plants in my garden.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure these plants would make it. I had my doubts.

In our life situations we may have doubts at times, too. We may not feel at all like pushing through the pain. We may not believe it’s worth the struggle. We’re tired and don’t want to fight anymore.

Perhaps we feel the damage is too severe. Too difficult to renew. Too beyond hope.

At those times don’t you believe it would be good for us to remember that when we hand the devastation over to God, he can bring new life from brown, dried up leaves?

The key is to keep our roots grounded deep in him.

Though the fig tree, or ginger plant in my case, does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, yet I will rejoice in the LORD. Amen?

I wish you well.


Sandy Kirby Quandt

Sandy Kirby Quandt is a follower of Jesus with a passion for history and travel. Passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. She writes articles, devotions, and stories for adult and children publications both print and online. Her devotions appear in So God Made a Dog, Let the Earth Rejoice, and Short and Sweet Too. Sandy has won multiple awards for her writing, including several years in the Young Adult category of the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then check out her blog at

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