Today I was outside planting away while listening to Lecrae, Fred Hammond, and other great gospel artists, and as usual, TODAY WAS A VERY GOOD DAY because I absolutely love gardening. Of course, when I’m in the garden I think of how important it is to plant certain things at the right time, and I’m mostly concerned about planting too early and losing all of my flowers to a late freeze, so I wait patiently until I feel the weather signals an “all clear,” and then I go for it. Now, some of my flowers are perennials and they’ll do their own thing every year, but before they show off their beautiful petals, I plant store bought annuals to give them a colorful welcome.
Let’s compare life to springtime planting, and how sometimes we are too impatient to wait on God to take care of us so we move too early, we make decisions too early, we say “yes” too early, we say “no” too early, we purchase things too early, we walk away too early, etc. We often make choices too early because we’re afraid we’re going to miss out on something or we truly feel God has forgotten about us so we take things into our own hands. Moving too early can really set us back and we could find ourselves going back to the beginning to start again. This is usually grueling because we know deep down we should have waited, but we just didn’t want to because we wanted results now. This is how it is in the garden. If gardeners plant too early and a hard freeze comes through, they’ll have to go back to the starting point and plant everything again.
While you’re in a waiting period, like my elephant ears and fruit trees, let me encourage you to plant things that are right for this moment. For example, I plant pansies to make my garden in waiting look presentable. Although pansies are not as pretty as my elephant ears and other beautiful flowers, they’ll serve well for nourishing the garden while the blooming process runs its course for the other flowers. In relation to life, let me encourage you to do things that God has given you to do right now and don’t worry about tomorrow or any other time you can’t control. The seed has been planted in your heart so you can be greater, brighter, wiser, kinder, gentler, and more loving, but you have to go through the blooming process every season before revealing your petals. The blooming process has been in progress in your heart all year long, even in the times when it seemed like nothing was there, the seed was there doing exactly what God commanded it to do, not skipping a stage, and preparing you for a full bloom. So, let me encourage you to let God complete the good work He’s started in you (Philippians 1:6). You can do this, don’t give up. Here are a few scriptures that I think will help you along as you continue to wait for God:
“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8)
“He also took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow. Then it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine with its branches turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine and yielded shoots and sent out branches.” Ezekiel 17:5-6
“And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 17:24