In the spring, I planted 2 tomato plants. After lots of fertilizer and water through out the summer, I ended up with 10 tomatoes. They were delicious, and beautiful, but 10?? My neighbor planted 2 as well in his garden. No water, even forgot about them, and sure enough, nothing. Well, maybe one, but basically, nothing. In the flower bed, in the stone wall, a few tomatoes seeds took root. On their own! They volunteered to be beautiful and full of cherry tomatoes. No garden food, no extra water, just on their own they flourished. So far, he has gotten about 50 or more cherry tomatoes, and they are still ripening. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think tomatoes have minds or a way to reason, but they do reach for life. They do plan to flourishing, to have a productive season. They clung to the rock wall, found soil and nourishment, and produced abundantly.
I think that in part that is what this scripture is about. We can take the easy way of staying in the safety of the garden, or we can trust in the support and protection of the rock, and there find the abundance of life. Because its roots are firmly planted in the stone fence, it is free to reach into abundance. Living in abundance comes from being rooted in faith, a faith that calls each of us to trust in God’s love and open ourselves to the abundance of life.