In this third “Micaiah’s Message”, our wonderful little sister is showing us yet another picture of the Lord and His eternal purpose. This time, the picture is in the form of the century plant. This spiny plant is a type of agave, which has leaves with medicinal and “healing” properties and it can be fermented for other uses.
It is called a century plant, because it blooms only once and then it dies (average lifespan about 25 years old). It dies, because this slow-growing plant devotes all of itself into that “once in a lifetime bloom.” And the blooming happens in just a matter of days. The stalk can grow as much as 30 feet tall. The blooming process “saps” all its energy and life that the plant has within itself. All of “itself” is given into that one single spectacular bloom. It is just like our Lord who gave all of himself once for all that we might have Life and Life more abundantly: “Communities” of Life created for the increase, for the enlargement of His Life. But, there is one more special and key activity that has to take place, or the increase is extremely difficult if not impossible.
As these communities are bloomed, energetic pollinating “workers” arrive to facilitate the ability of the plant to make fruit and/or seeds. They do this by moving pollen from one part of the flowering plant to another part. This is hyper critical and vital to the process of the increase. This process is what fertilizes the plant. Only fertilized plants can make fruit and/or seeds for the increase.
In ecclesia, workers train believers on how to tease the pollen from one flower, so that it can find life and function within another. The worker is key for teaching the community of believers on how to function and impregnate the life of Christ from one life into another in a continual dance of transfer: this “one-anothering” process is the life flow of Community.
Also, like the hummingbird, these workers are transient, but in executing the facilitation process they naturally receive the rewards of the nectar and/or pollen from the flowers they visit. This is the economy of nature; this is the economy of the Lord. While some plants rely upon the wind for this pollination process, the century plant relies upon worker-mediated pollination to establish fruitfulness. When these processes happen according to the Designer’s intent, we find the hills full of plants whose leaves are for the healing of the nations.