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The Plants summer growth
06/06/2010 James Clarke

The Plant's summer growth

Nagaokakyo, Kyoto-fu, Japan

The little plant which Bob bought for his sermon illustration really started to grow come the summer of 2010. Seeing it dormant over the winter, come back to life in the spring, and put on a big growth spurt in the summer, was a metaphor for the our journey to Japan. The hard beginning, then the little signs of growth and then better times. Just like with this plant however the autumn (fall) comes and things die out again, so we have to be prepared for that.
The plant also helps me to think about a verse: "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (King James Bible)
Indeed we water, fertilise (feed), and prune (correct), but only God makes the growth. When you have you eyes fixed on God everything becomes a spiritual lesson even a little plant.
Note 29/11/2011: Had a lot of things happen up here recently, both good and bad. With the blessings also come persecutions. Hopefully I'll get time for a few more PBLOGs and updates to other galleries over the next week or so, before the Christmas rush hits me.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D AF
1/200s f/2.8 at 24mm iso200 full exif

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eye2see06-Dec-2011 04:34
Great concept! ~V
shatterbug30-Nov-2011 07:22
The lighting is wonderful...great words to go along with it too!
parallaxes29-Nov-2011 19:01
Beautiful shot James... moving ans warms words... still nice to share your good ans bad days, my friend :^)
Sam_C29-Nov-2011 11:03
Superb shot and beautiful words. BV!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)29-Nov-2011 06:38
Another fine shot James! BV
Vickie BROWN29-Nov-2011 04:12
Brilliant image, very lovely colours of the leaves and thanks for sharing the description. V
Kaden Kratzer28-Nov-2011 22:26
Pretty. V
All is well tht ends well.
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