Different Rates of Growth



by Kathy Ruff

Today I got a variety of ripened veggies from my garden — tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers and yellow wax beans. This is my ‘horn of plenty,’ even though it’s in a huge silver bowl!

It struck me as I pulled the final yellow beans off the stalks how some grow at different rates. While the majority of the beans are ripe, a few stragglers that are very small and green and even still a few flowers. Some are even beyond ripe.

I waited from last week until I pulled the plants hoping to have them all ripened, but today there were even a few more green ones and a few more flowers. I figured I’d leave the rest for the bugs and my compost pile.

People grow spiritually much the same way as plants. Some grow by leaps and bounds while others grow by inches. It really doesn’t matter so long as one continues to grow. The key is for those who grow more speedily to have patience and tolerance for those who don’t. The wait could easily yield much more fruit.

About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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