…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6)
Do you know how many times I have started something and half way I’ve decided to quite because of the frustration of seeing that nothing is happening? A lot of times! And probably you too. So don’t feel bad, you’re not the only one.
A week before I read Brittany’s devotional, Bloom in faith, I had bought two Plumeria trees to plant them in my yard. The person that I bought them from gave me all the instructions. She told me how to plant them, when to water them, and where to put them. She also told me about all the good stuff of planting and having that beautiful bloom that we all want to see when we plant a flower or a tree.
One morning as I was sitting on my porch looking at the Plumeria tree; you might think that I was looking at this very beautiful tree, but no, the Plumeria was just a stick in a pot (it’s still is by the way). I remembered my daughter asking me, “Mom, why do you have two sticks planted in a pot?” Obviously, she didn’t know what they were. So I had to explain to her the process of how they bloom. In case you don’t know, Plumerias start sprouting after 2 months or so from the day that you plant them. The Plumerias I planted have been in the soil for four weeks, so there’s still a long way to go.
They told me that after I start seeing some leaves it meant that the cutting has rooted, and I need to water them differently. It’s a whole new process of taking care of them girlfriend, so keep me in your prayers and pray I don’t lose my patience.
Patience is what we all need in order to see what God is doing in our lives. You see, we tend to compare our lives with others. We focus on what God is doing in the live of our best friend, neighbor, or even our pastor. We are so focused on them that we can not focus on the good things that He is doing in our lives.
We compare our process of blooming with someone elses process of blooming on Facebook. It’s crazy the pressure we put on God so He can make things instantly; we want to skip seasons in our lives. We want to bloom, but we don’t want to go through the process of rooting!
Girlfriend, I know that life can be rough sometimes. I know that there’s some difficult situations you might be encountering, but trust me every situation God uses it for your own good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Rom. 8:28)
We don’t need to focus on what God is doing in the lives of others, let’s focus in what God is doing in our own life. We don’t need to pressure God because we think that nothing is going on. God surely is working, and just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. We need to be patient, embrace the season, and be strong because not everyone blooms in the same way at the same time.
Today let’s have faith that He will finish what He started. I pray that from this day on you will grow in faith. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to be strong and patient. I pray that you will get to know God like you never have, and that you will embrace every season in your life. AMEN!
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