0 comments Posted on January 6, 2021

by Janet Holm McHenry

I stood at my kitchen window staring at the snow-covered ground while I washed dishes. January is a season of expectant waiting. We have high hopes for the new year…but despite goal-setting and resolution-making, we are never quite sure what will pop up.

And as I looked at my wooden fence line, I thought about my bulb adventure. I must have been nuts when I bought 275 of them at Costco last fall. I remembered those two hard days of digging and planting. Sigh. It might be another experiment in a long line of planting failures. Veggie garden, fail. Perennials, fail. Wildflower seeds, fail. Forty years of flower failure and more.

But I’d longed for flower color for so long, I thought it was worth the chance, and actually, those two days of getting out of the house and into the dirt was a great escape from the news and social media downers. I couldn’t do anything to solve the problems of the world.

But I could plant. So for two days my granddaughter Faith and I planted 275 bulbs. We dug six inches deep. We stuck the bulbs right side up. And we covered over them with good soil and doused them with a generous dose of water.

The digging gave me passing hours to pray and think. And as I stuck that shovel into the ground, I realized I could plant in other ways too. I could continue to write about my faith walk. I could encourage friends. I could call up family. I could volunteer for nonprofit organizations. And I could support causes financially.

Paul wrote, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV). I planted 275 bulbs with 275-plus prayers last fall, and today I added more to that prayer offering.

Now I’ll wait to see what God will do—with those bulbs, with those prayers, and with me.

Janet McHenry is a speaker and the author of 24 books—six on prayer, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would love to connect with you through her website,, or through social media such as Facebook or Instagram.


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