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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: Waiting Until Spring
By Judy Meyers
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So, after summer last year, I brought my two plants in the house, determined to nurture them for the entire winter and have them bloom through this summer. Iíve tried the internet to secure information about pruning and watering these plants. I kept the two plants in the living room with plenty of light and water through the fall and winter months. All the leaves fell off and the plants looked as if they were going to die any day.
By the time spring started to break through, my two plants were getting ready to go to their potting soil in the sky.... plant heaven. What amazed me was the growth of ugly stems at the end of each branch. It looked like a small pine cone that was attached to each branch. I wondered if I should cut them off so the branch would grow. I didn't.
Much to my amazement, these little pine cone fixations began to sprout tiny leaves and the plant started to develop another growth spurt. Now, after taking the plants outside on the patio, I have seen my first flower of the summer. What I thought was an ugly sprout of something that should be cut away, became this year's growth to produce the buds for the flowers. Some mornings I see three or four flowers ready to unfold. Can you tell that I am awestruck?
OK, OK, don't you get it? I am amazed at the grace and wisdom of God. Just when we think He should cut us off and not pay any more attention to us, He keeps watering and feeding us His love and mercy. He keeps caring for us through our fall and winter months until the spring of our life. He never thinks about cutting away the ugly growths that appear.... our bad attitudes, bitterness, pride, etc. He keeps pouring His love on us and giving us His daily bread to feed us. Then, when we have finally connected to His strength and grace, we start to bloom!
That's when He stands back, like I do with my Hibiscus, and say, "This is good!"
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