My grandmother was a beautiful person – inside and out.
And she loved the Lord.
One thing I remember about her was how she loved to create and tend her gardens. She especially loved flowers. They were colorful – just like her!
I have a certifiable “brown thumb” – rumor has it, I’m not the only one (you know who you are!) So I appreciate someone who can bring the beauty of a well-tended garden to life!
That was my grandmother.
But my mom tells a story about my grandmother. About a lesson she learned long ago.
One time she planted a bunch of flower seeds in her yard. She carefully cultivated the soil, tenderly placed the little seeds in the ground, and faithfully watered every day.
Finally, she just couldn’t stand it any longer. She thought it was taking too long. So, she dug up one of the little flowers, just to take a peek at what was going on…(it was just a little peek, what could it hurt?)
There was the little seed, with a green sprout growing out of it. My grandmother took the little seed out of the ground, and put it in her hand, and poked it around a little bit.
Feeling a little encouraged, she put the seed back in the ground, and covered it up with dirt again.
About two weeks later, all the flowers bloomed…and they were beautiful!!
The one my grandmother had dug up, and handled, and fiddled with – it was stunted, and it never fully blossomed.
My mom said my grandmother saw a “God Lesson” in that.
Prayers are like those seeds. We cultivate a right spirit within our hearts. We plant our petitions in the heart of God. We faithfully water them, reminding God of our needs.
And we wait…
But sometimes we don’t think that our prayers are being answered fast enough. Maybe we don’t see the proper results. So…we meddle. We insert ourselves into the “growth process.” We try to help God along…
It’s just a little bit of help…what could it hurt?
It could keep a beautiful flower from blossoming. It could “stunt” the end result. We could thwart God’s FULL plan from developing.
Plant your prayers…and wait.
God will work HIS purposes, in HIS timing, for HIS results.
Thanks, Nana, for your wonderful lesson!
“Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12)
“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me…” (Psalm 40:1)
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God…” (Psalm 62:5)
“Blessed are those who wait for his [God’s] help.” (Isaiah 30:18)
“As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently…” (Micah 7:7)
Confidently plant, faithfully water, patiently wait…and watch the Lord grow!
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