It’s that time of year when I want to get outside and start cleaning up our yard, pull my pots out of the shed and get ready for gardening.
But, I can’t just yet because it snowed last night — six inches of snow at the end of April. It was disheartening!
There have been frustrating times and seasons when I have not understood the reasons for delays and waiting for the fulfillment of my hopes and dreams.
But God is not in a hurry and doesn’t mind if I have to wait because He understands the process.
The Bible talks about these seasons of life:
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
He has ordained seasons in the physical realm and similarly in the spiritual. Fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives is a process, just like the development of a plant.
From the seed grows a root, then a sprout, seedling leaves spring from the stem, then branches and finally at the top — the flower.
God will not force a plant to bloom before its time.
Recently a missionary from Vietnam spoke at our church. I was stirred and convicted by his words. I have redacted his name because of the persecution of Christians in that country. He said:
“It’s about the heart soil, the condition of our hearts. Our hearts are not prepared for the Holy Spirit to do a deep work.”
I desperately need the spade of the Master Gardener to dig deep and break up the hardened soil of my heart in preparation for the seeds of truth to be sown in the days ahead.
There is a prayer I read recently that I have written and re-written in my journal. I have prayed it repeatedly since I first saw it in a devotion a week ago as I caught glimpses of the true condition of my heart.
It’s not a pretty sight.
“I want your grace to prevail in my life and my relationships. Break my heart with the things that break yours. Show me where my heart is hardened under the power of bitterness. Convict me when I long to respond in the flesh. Work your forgiveness in me.” – Krista Williams (First 5 – Proverbs 31 Ministry)
I choose to embrace the process and allow the seeds of truth sown into the prepared soil of my heart produce fruit that will draw people to the gift of Christ.
“Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth (in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly). Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, (even) Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” – Ephesians 4:15 AMP
Christ is the flower (bloom), the Head, the one we are are growing into. Embrace Jesus and His process.