Today’s Scripture: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin…Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field…shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matthew 6:28, 30

Are you ready to get a little spiritually scientific today? This may start out sounding like Biology 101, but keep reading. Today’s topic: Tropism-how a plant responds to a stimulus. This term, tropism, comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to turn’ toward or away from a stimulus. The movement toward is positive and away is negative. It is an incredible facet of God’s marvelous creation that a plant is so intricate it possesses this capability. The three key forms, phototropism, geotropism, and thigmotropism, provide an incredible illustration of how we should live the Christian life.

In phototropism, the plant either turns toward or away from its source of light. Some plants actually follow the sun throughout the day. Sunflowers for example, point east when the sun rises and eventually, end up facing west when the sun sets. With geotropism, the plant knows to send the roots down and the shoots upward. The roots possess special cells that sense gravity and grow toward its pull. Thigmotropism is found within the tendrils of plants and is the ability to react to touch. Climbing plants and vines know when they have touched something they can cling onto.

Countless wonders point us back to our Creator. There is no mistaking that each little flower that grows upon this planet was designed. God has placed these quiet reminders throughout the earth, displaying His nature as both Creator and Judge. Friend, you are far more fearfully and wonderfully made than any plant and are more precious to God than any other part of His handiwork. God created each one of us for a special reason with profound purpose and meaning in His plan.

We need to exercise our own tropism-we need to follow the Son throughout the day, stretch our roots down deep into His Word, reach for the stars in accomplishing His purpose, and cling to the cross through every trial. When faced with life’s hardship, we must choose to turn toward the Savior rather than away from His outstretched arms. We need to use all three forms of tropism in our Christian life. Unlike plants, these responses cannot occur without effort on our part. Created uniquely special, we have a decision to make when we step out of bed each morning. Let’s live today and every day with a strong sense of the purpose and calling for which we were designed.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.