Bloom when you’re ready

My husband’s grandparents gave us an Easter lily year the year our oldest daughter was born. We planted it in our front yard seven years ago.

The lily has survived drought, a transplant to a new house, the roughhousing of neighborhood kids and one nosy lab.

It blooms each spring, and this year is no exception. The first bud opened today.

Okay, sure, it’s two weeks after Easter. But when a plant is this beautiful, I don’t mind the wait.

That’s how it is with a lot of things in life. They’ll bloom when they’re ready. The Bible is full of examples:

Love – “Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5, 8:4

Victory over the enemy – “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:9

A mature faith – “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4

Restored relationships – “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke: 15:20b (The parable of the prodigal son)

Starting over after a devastating loss – “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” Job 42:12

So if you’re in a season of dormancy right now, be patient. God’s timing is perfect. You’ll bloom when you’re ready.

Let’s talk: Do you have a dream that’s not yet come to fruition? How do you handle the waiting? Can you think of any other Biblical examples of God’s perfect timing?

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