Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Flourish Day 1
My parents always loved gardening. Even when they lived in a mobile home park with limited space, they found a place for roses and fruit trees and for my favorite flowers, Sweet Peas. Their small yard was filled with the fragrance of blooming flowers and ripening fruit. Those plants and flowers were tended with loving care and they flourished.
As I thought about those beautiful gardens, I wondered what it takes for us to flourish in our lives as Christians. By definition, to flourish means “to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.” How do we create a favorable environment in which to grow or develop? I love the fragrance of sweet peas and that brought to mind 6 different “P’s” that we should cultivate in our lives in order to continue to grow as Christians.
The first “P” is patience. Ouch, that is a tough one! We live in a fast paced world of microwaves and cell phones and Instagram. We don’t have to wait for snail mail from the post office any longer; we can email our friends in an instant. We want instant gratification and have learned to be impatient people.
Habakkuk 2:3 tells us “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Living Bible version) Be patient… really, God??? We want what we want right NOW!
But life is full of waiting and that is hard. Sitting on the plastic chairs at the DMV waiting for your number to be called; waiting for the test results and hoping it is good news; waiting for 9 months for the birth of your baby after suffering numerous miscarriages; waiting…waiting… waiting.
God’s timing is not our timing and the Bible is full of stories that remind us of that. Abraham and Sarah waiting for a child, Jacob waiting to marry Rachel, Simeon and the nation of Israel waiting for their Messiah, the invalid man at the pool of Bethesda waiting to be healed. We may see God moving in what seems to be slow-motion but it is there that we need to become dependent on Him and not on our own quick fixes. If we focus on His timing (in which He reveals that He and He alone is God) His glory is manifested in us while we wait. The work He does within us helps us grow and mature and flourish in Him.
As we wait for God’s answer, think about this…perhaps God is waiting too. Waiting for us to trust Him, to believe in Him and to put our faith in His timing. He is waiting for just the right moment to infuse us with hope.
Psalm 92:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
“They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.”
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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