Posted by: James and Delores Fields | June 14, 2012

The Dracena Lesson

Dee and I live in a subtropical climate. Most years it never freezes at our house so vegetation does well. On the other hand, the last freeze lasted three days and lots of our plants died. At least, I thought they were dead.

Dracena’s are spindly plants with very long, narrow leaves. They grow well down here in South Texas except when a hard freeze comes. Our dracena’s appeared totally devastated by the last freeze so my lawn man dug them up.

Then, the surprise! We left just enough root in the ground for this durable plant to emerge during the spring weather. In fact, instead of no dracena’s I now have about 5 or 6 flourishing in the heat and humidity of South Texas.

I learned a lesson from these plants. Stay determined to survive—never give up! No matter what difficulties you encounter keep going on with life. I heard someone say that the difficult takes a while to accomplish; the impossible merely takes a little longer.

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me,” Psalm 94:18.



  1. A good word for us, pastor! Thank you for reminding us to trust God and don’t look at the circumstances (i.e. a dead plant). With God on our side, we can do nothing but be victorious if we don’t give up!!

  2. Great word and illustration. Beautiful plants too!

  3. Encouraging. Thank you.

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