Plants grow upwards, right? Of course they do – unless you plant them upside down. Last Christmas, I received an As-Seen-On TV Topsy Turvy Tomato Basket. Kind of a quirky gift, but it goes with my current Sure, why not? gardening philosophy. My daughter and I bought a cherry tomato plant last weekend and followed the directions for planting it upside down. When we finished, we hung the basket from a hook outside our front door.
On the second day, I was worried that no one had watered it, so I went out to check on it.
To my surprise, it was not hanging straight down like it had been. It was curving sideways.
When I reached up to feel it, it was rigid.
My tomato plant was intentionally adjusting itself to its new surroundings. It was seeking the light.
Instead of succumbing to gravity, it was reaching out for what it needed: light, sun, warmth. Do you ever feel like your life is Topsy Turvy like that tomato plant? I certainly do. The trick is not to succumb to circumstance! Keep reaching for the light!
Oh, how sweet the light of day,
And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!
-The Message, Ecclesiastes 11:7
The LORD is my light and my salvation
-NIV, Psalm 27:1a
Or, as Eugene Peterson puts it in The Message: Light, space, zest that’s God!