It was a mid-summer day as I sat on the top step of my deck, overlooking my newly planted flower garden. I was imagining extending the display of color throughout the fall season by planting fall blooming plants. I was thinking I would take a trip or two to a couple of local nurseries in the early fall to purchase a few fall plantings to add to my garden.

As I sat contemplating what planting I would add once the fall season approached, my husband walked out and asked, “what are you in such deep thought about.” I responded by explaining to him that I was considering what types of plants or trees to add to the garden this fall.

My newly planted garden consisted of spring plantings, which had either died back or showed off beautiful green foliage, but no longer provided its early season blossoms. My summer plants and shrubs were in full bloom at the time; The daylilies with there golden yellow hues; my cherished double pink knockout roses that lined the border of the backyard, and potted annuals in an array of colors such as the purple zinnias with a burst of yellow in their centers, the fuchsia pink daisies, and loads of white petunias. I desired to experience the beautiful displays of color throughout the upcoming fall season.

As I often do to get inspiration on types of plantings to add to my flower garden, I searched the internet for ideas. But, what I found instead was some very interesting information on planting fall flowers. The writer, a garden blogger, informed me that if I was planning to have hardy fall flowers in my garden, I need to plant them in the spring or summer. Yes, I could plant them in the fall, however if I wanted to have a flourishing fall garden, stated the writer, it was best for my fall flowers to have been planted and rooted in the garden all season.

In other words, in order for plants to fully flourish and bloom in their season their roots must have sufficient time establish its roots.

This got me to thinking about our lives. Oftentimes we contemplate great thing happening in our lives. We plant our hopes and dreams and expect them to flourish and bloom as soon as we set out to achieve them. However, if we want our hopes and dreams to flourish and bloom, we must allow sufficient time for our spiritual roots to grow deep in God’s love, so that in the appropriate season we will flourish in life. Colossians 2:7 states “Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving.” I like The Passion Translation of the verse; “Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him.”

Just like flowers and trees that need time to develop its roots in order to flourish in its appropriate season. We too need to time to develop our spiritual roots, allowing them to grow deeply in faith as we build our lives on God’s life, His love.