Pedaling down the Monon Trail, I breathed in the fresh air. Soft rays of shine danced on my head, dappled by the many trees around me. The lower edge of the forest was reawakening into a soft, fuzzy green, but above the bare trees danced in the wind, most still waiting for their spring clothing.
Finally, a day worthy of being called spring. My sister and I flew along the path but quickly braked when a splash of pink caught my eye: a magnolia tree just about to burst into full bloom! Already a few anxious blossoms were opening to the sun.
I just can’t wait for the flowering trees to bloom I thought. I’m ready to be done with the color gray. My impatience for color, warmth, sun, flowers, and life was growing.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
The words from Ecclesiastes 3:1 nudged into my mind. God was reminding me that you can’t rush the seasons; you can’t rush Him. Trees and flowers need nutrients and the time it takes to absorb warmth to bloom.
“And so do you,” the Spirit whispered to my soul.
I pondered that timely thought. The last few months of my life have been busy with a new venture. I am getting impatient to get past the preparations into the launch. He was reminding me to not rush ahead, to absorb the “nutrients” I need for a full bloom.
Maybe you’re there too. There’s something you’ve been looking forward to, working toward, and it’s just about there. You’re ready to burst. It’s tempting to just jump in, but taking the time to grow a healthy blossom is important. Otherwise, this new thing may turn out like flowers lured into opening prematurely by the excitement of early warm weather — with their frozen blossoms stricken on the vine.
Make sure that the bud of your idea is bursting with nutrients. Pray, study, work, save, read, consult, talk — do all the things necessary so that God can coax you into full bloom in His time.
Jane VanOsdol says
Thank you, Heydee! I appreciate your comment!
Beth Jones says
Jane, this was neautiful! I loved it. What a wise word. I relate a lot as patience is not one of my strong suits. I am like a racehorse, rarin’ to go. 🙂 Love your website and new newsletter format, too. You and Mary do such a beautiful, excellent job- so anointed!
Jane VanOsdol says
Thank you, Beth! You are such a great encourager.
Patience never comes easy for me either. You inspire me with your books and all you are doing to share the gospel. : )