Bonsai is the art of growing miniature trees in pots or trays, using techniques such as pinching buds, pruning and wiring branches to make them aesthetically pleasing. A bonsai plant needs an appropriate combination of soil, sunshine, air and water for it to flourish.
Most of all, it needs patience. Loving patience.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Cor 3:6-7 (NIV)
Yesterday, during my art class, i was painting this bonsai plant from a photo which i had taken a few years ago at a garden festival. Coincidentally, a classmate whom i hadn’t met for a long time returned to class. A long-time bonsai enthusiast, she was very excited and exclaimed that i was the first person she had ever seen painting a bonsai.
Then, she wistfully related to me her heartache when her bonsai plant wilted after being sent for an exhibition. It had taken her twenty years of painstaking care to grow the bonsai, only to see it wither due to neglect.
It is so much like our seed of faith. Someone sowed it, but we need to nourish it ourselves, then God will make our faith grow. Without any nourishment or through our neglect, our faith will slowly but eventually die. Just like the bonsai plant. By R