It’s that time of year. Flowers are blooming, trees are bearing leaves (some are already bearing fruit).
This year we planted an apple tree and a pear tree. We are still learning about plants and the “what’s” and “when’s” of them all. Something we learned this year (as we thought we may have really blotched planting these trees) is that the apple and pear trees are late bloomers. Come May we really started seeing the leaves pop out (we checked every day, so we knew the moment life started showing in them).
Now, you may have already known all that, but let me share with you a fine metaphor in all this. Jesus used parables for teaching and here is a lesson we can learn. Sometimes it seems as if we are getting nowhere in our Christian witnessing or in our prayers for the people and circumstances around us. Yet what we can’t see is the things taking place behind the scenes, so to speak. We know, because we believe, that God hears, cares and does answer our payers. It’s just that some things take time. God can do anything, yet many times He chooses to work through people to get the job done (and you know as well as I how stubborn people can be to obey God’s leading). That doesn’t mean He isn’t continually working on the problem though.
As we trust Him for the outcome, we eventually see some results. Maybe slowly at first, but then things begin to be more and more visible (just like my trees, there was life flowing through the roots and limbs).
Some things we will witness a change right away, other things may take longer. But keep on trusting God, and doing your part in being obedient to Him and His Word. We are going to get to dance that victory dance with all the saints yet! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!