I was a home-schooled child visiting the capital of the state of Connecticut when the state motto, which was written in Latin was translated for me and my siblings on our educational tour through the building. I remember the words to this day; “Qui transtulit sustinet” which means, “He who transplants, still sustains”. Little did I know that this was not only the motto of the state I was born in, but a motto for my journey with God.
At twenty-six years old, I moved permanently to the nation of Israel. I didn’t come with wealth, status, paperwork or many material possessions. I came only with a word from God that this was the direction He was taking me and that He would be my guide. Ten years later, I have this testimony that God is faithful.
I was reminded of this motto one spring day as I yearned for color to return to my garden after enduring a long, drawn out winter in Jerusalem. Everything in me wanted to pay a visit to the neighborhood plant nursery and select multitudes of life-giving flowers to brighten the drab looking garden where everything appeared dead. But due to urgent expenses that needed more attention than my wish list, I heeded my husband’s request to wait a little longer before buying things I wanted but didn’t need.
All these years, God has provided for me and my family through friends, extended family and even more frequently, beside neighborhood dumpsters! I have found clothing in mint condition still with the tags on all neatly folded and placed in pristine shopping bags. Shoes fresh out of the box just the right size for my children; much needed pots, pans and silverware, furniture, all kinds of items, all in great condition. There they are, just laying besides the dumpsters as if they were placed there by God Himself, waiting just for me. “But what about flowers Lord? I asked. “Would you provide flowers which I want but don’t need by a dumpster as well?”
Well, why not! Just a few short days after I whispered my request to God, I was bringing my children home from an after school program when something in a large, construction dumpster caught my eye. I quickly found a place to pull over and got out to have a closer look. There, laying freshly picked, still with their roots and dirt, were five plants blooming with small, burgundy daisies. I was amazed! But perhaps it was too good to be true. I went home, took dirt from my compost and planted the flowers in planters that I had found by dumpsters earlier that week. Days went by and I watched carefully to see what would become of them. I wondered, “were these the answer to my prayer? Or were they being transplanted too late in the game to live?” Only time would tell. Within a week or two, I had my answer. The plants thrived, brought out new growth and most certainly lived.
It was in that moment that God reminded me of the place He has brought me from many years ago. Though there have been struggles, feasts and famines in our finances, joys and hardships along the journey, here I am still standing and still with this testimony, that “He who transplants, still sustains”.
The same God who brought the children of Israel through the desert, is the same God who is sustaining His people in their promised homeland today. And the same God who shepherded His people in times of famine, is still shepherding His people in times of plenty. Is the God of Israel your God? If so, then you too can take comfort that no matter what season of life you are walking through, if He calls you out of the boat, He will be with you. If He calls you out of your comfort zone and into a walk of faith in Him, will He not be faithful? Remember these words that all who trust in Him can apply to their lives: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”- Jeremiah 29:11.
God bless you.