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This originally appeared on my personal Facebook page as part of a writing challenge I participated in to stretch my writing: Five Minute Friday’s 31 DAYS OF FIVE MINUTE FREE WRITES. This is spontaneous writing in only 5 minutes. The word for the day was “Wait.”
“I wait for the LORD; my soul does wait, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5
I have always loved wildflowers. I love the mix of vibrant and muted colors, and the way they appear to be randomly strewn across the ground. It’s like God Himself reached down with His hand full of flower seeds and scattered them where He wanted a splash of color. There’s a wildness to them, tamed by no man, yet their beauty shines forth just as their Creator intended.
Have you ever seen a package of wildflower seeds? A variety of seeds are all mixed together, and you have no idea what flowers are going to grow from the mix. You plant and wait, and water and wait, and in time their distinct colors, shapes and scents are revealed for all to see.
I have an affinity for a succulent called Desert Rose. They are my favorite flowers because they thrive on neglect…so even I can grow them. They don’t bloom very often – mostly after a dry spell, followed by a few days of rain. When you are fortunate enough to find them in the plant nurseries, they seldom have flowers, and the labels don’t indicate what color flowers will appear. You take them home, plant, and wait for the surprise.
We are the same! The times we have the most growth tend to be after dry spells, or times in the wilderness. We are all in the process of maturing, and we won’t be finished until our time on earth is complete.
Look around and you will see people in stages anywhere from seedlings to mature, flowering shrubs. We love to comment on the beauty of the fully formed flowers, but aren’t as enthusiastic about the seedlings and the shoots that are without bloom. We can be impatient, can’t we? We forget that we were once seedlings ourselves.
Wait. Have patience. God is not done with them…or you.
“For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well.” Psalm 139:14
“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.” Martin Luther