As a secretary for 20 plus years, I worked in uncounted offices, each one different. One was, literally, a converted storage closet. No windows and Lilliputian in dimensions, but it had four walls. One office, two decades later, comprised an entire floor, with cubicles in the middle and old-school four-wall offices along the perimeter for supervisors.
Somewhere in the middle of this years, my desk was in a small reception area. I was gatekeeper/executive secretary/gal Friday for two supervisors. This office was deep inside a large facility – again, no windows but fortunately, a glass wall with a view to the large worker-bee area just outside. In this office, I kept one pot of pothos. The bright green leaves warmed the sterile office atmosphere and grew, even with only artificial light.
The little the pot lived on top of the filing cabinet. When composing letters for my bosses, gazing up at it relaxed me and let me think. Soon after moving in. however, all the leaves turned their faces toward the middle of the office. I rotated the pot, then watched its leaves time and again revert to the same slanted stance.
“Odd,” I thought. “There is no sun, the entire place is well lit during the day and in virtual darkness all night.”
Late one evening, I headed out the door and switched off the lights. The bright red emergency light suspended from the ceiling two feet from the plant flashed on. I knew the secret now. Each night, in the solitary night hours, the little plant strained its utmost toward the light made bright by the darkness.
Please make my heart like that plant. In our times of solitude each morning, mold me and incline my heart to You and Your ways only. You are the only Light in this world. You alone are our source and our salvation. And when I stray from that way and You lovingly send darkness into my life, for a season, so I’ll lean toward You again, grant the wisdom to do so quickly and gratefully.
For I know that You discipline those you love, that You are a jealous God, that Your love for us is greater than the height of the heavens above the earth, and that You want our hearts turned toward You for safety and to have sweet, sweet communion throughout the day. Thank You for telling me in Your Word that You delight in hearing my prayers. Please do whatever it takes to keep me close. I love You, Lord! Amen.