Spring has one of the most beautiful ways of saying hello! From months of bare trees and snowy days, there’s nothing more refreshing than the pretty blossom trees and the beautiful bird song. The ground seemed dead before but is now brought to life with the grass breaking through the dirt. “It’s as if God Himself is breathing new fresh life back into His creation.” What a wonderful season!
In nature, everything has a season which is vital for the flower to grow. We welcome spring with open arms as we enjoy the fragrances and gardens full of beautiful flowers and trees. This past week, Daniel and I have been visiting the parks in Bucharest and walking around the beautiful lakes. We walked for miles. 4.2 to be exact. Hearing the laughter of children as they play tennis football, (yes it’s a real thing!) to the cute ducklings swimming along side their mother. Truly Spring is here!
All across the city of Bucharest, workers have been laboriously watering and planting new flowers. On our drive to church, I love to look out the window to see rows of tulips, among other flowers, with their vibrant colours. I began to think about my favourite flower, the rose.
When looking at a beautiful rose, you find that they are so delicate and fragile. When a rose begins its growing process, it begins as a tiny bud. It takes time for it to blossom into its iconic design. There is no way to speed up the process.
Once a seed is planted in good soil, you water it and allow it to be nurtured by the sun. It will then grow out from the ground and it is cared for by continued watering and nurturing. Eventually that seed grows into the plant it was meant to be.
When I was younger, I remember when my mum received a bouquet of flowers that often had flowers still budding. I thought that it was a good idea to pull the petals to make it grow faster, but all I did was harm the flowers. We, like a budding rose, cannot speed up the growth process. Growing takes time!
“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:13
It’s my desire to be planted in the house of the Lord. God uses the things around us to help us understand His Word. We too, are in a growing process! It’s important to always grow wherever we may be. Always take time to learn and advance your relationship with God.
In Every Situation we need:
- Good source of food, His Word. We always find strength and understanding from the Word of God.
- Water, continuing to live in the overflow of His Spirit. We need to walk closely with Him, continually growing our relationship with Him.
- Sunshine – Letting His light shine in you and through you. We are to be example to our families, our children and our neighbourhoods.
It’s wonderful how God has a great plan for us! We’re still “growing” towards perfection. We cannot outgrow God.
In everything that we do, it’s important to stay connected to God.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7