Still Hope

2018-04-02 16.13.27

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

I’ve had this Amaryllis flower bulb for about 4 going on 5 months now and there has been no change in the bulb whatsoever. I had a few other pots with the same type of flower bulb, planted at the same time and they all had multiple blooms appear!! So what was wrong with this one I thought?! The other pants now cleaned up and stored properly for the next season I still could not bring myself to move this last one out. I’m not sure why but I kept on hoping that somehow, someday something would happen. It was frustrating really as I am a do-er and this was really out of my control. Only God can make things grow (1 Cor. 3:7). I could coax, water, arrange in the light a thousand different ways but I could do nothing to make it actually grow!!

I just had to be still (Psalm 46:10). Which I do not do well. I checked the roots, I squeezed the top to make sure it wasn’t to tight for him to squeeze out and begin to grow like the others (seriously, looking back pretty ridiculous things!) However there was no other option but to leave it in God’s hands and hope, just keep hoping…. hoping for months as the others all did their thing beside this little stump of a bulb.

A few days ago when just about all hope was gone for this season the bulb showed a little bit of something!!!! Just a smidge really but it was a smidge and my hope came flooding back in Niagara Falls style!! It’s amazing how your heart can get so caught up in the underdog even if the underdog is a plant!!! It is now about a two inch sprout and is showing possibility for a bud and three leaves so far!!! Who would have thought right?! GOD. That’s Who.

Looking back how silly all the worrying and efforts I made to try and make this plant do his thing like all the others. Wonder what God thought watching me try to “help” Him out. God had a unique plan for this little Amaryllis bulb (I’m convinced it was partly to teach me a lesson) and in HIS perfect time it will be something beautiful. Let’s not loose hope when things don’t happen when and how we think they should. Maybe take a step back and be still (before you start squeezing the tops of bulbs), trusting in the great I AM Who is able, Who knows and Who cares.

Independent Read: 1 Peter 1:3

 

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