There are days when we get anxious and just want it to happen. We have waited and waited and are overly excited. For some people, that means tracking the packages from destination to destination until it finally arrives at the door. For others, that might look like checking the bank account often to see if the deposit has really arrived. We get so worked up about something arriving that we miss what is happening in the meantime. We miss the value of the wait.
Blooms remind me of the wait. This is a beautiful image of the almost, but not quite. You know these flowers will bloom and become vibrant. You know they will bring smiles and joy. They are on their way. They just aren’t quite there yet. If we try to open them in a hurry, they will not survive. They move on their own time and at their own pace – or the Creator’s time and pace. They need love and nourishment as they bloom. They will come to life, but it will just take time.
We take time as well. We are almost, but not quite. We are growing and developing but not quite all we were created to be. We are being formed and shaped into the image that our Creator intended. We need nourishment, we need love, we need attention. But we don’t need to try to force ourselves to be something we are not. Sometimes we need to give ourselves grace when we haven’t grown as much as we think we should. We are growing, we are becoming. We just need to be patient as we receive all we need from our Creator.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
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