Monday, August 31, 2015

My bloomers surprised me

When we came home from our road trip I noticed that a plant I had (from my dad's funeral) looked to be in pitiful condition.  Plants don't last long in our home - I always apologize to plants and goldfish given to us because my track record with them is really, really not good.

I am currently in a "let's get rid of things" mode, so when I looked at this plant I thought it's time had come.  I cut off the dead leaves and watered it and kept it only because there was no more room in the garbage can.

It perked up.

And to my amazement it actually has 2 "blooms" on it this week.  It hasn't had "blooms" since my mom died (after my dad died).  It has 2 blooms from out of nowhere...just pointing upward...randomly.  For no obvious reason.

Truth is, I've watched many a plant die in my house.  My past experience was definitely influencing my anticipation of that plant's future success.

This got my attention.  It's a picture of things/people I've prayed for ... for a long time without seeing any "blooms" yet.  Am I close to saying, "DONE PRAYING  -  still NO BLOOMS"?  It reminded me that there is SO much that I can't see that's going on (with most of life).  My job is to stay faithful and obedient and hope-filled.  The Life-Giver's job is to make things bloom.

Let us not become weary in doing good, 
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
(Galatians 6:9 NIV)

This is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 
For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long, but they will produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the trouble we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)

1 comment:

Gail said...

Yes, yes...OH yes!!!