We don’t all bloom at the same time. One of the hardest parts of being a Christian is watching others get things that you might not. They praise God (and sometimes in front of you) about how wonderful their church is—it’s services, music, small groups, preacher—or how their prayer life is so deep and fulfilling. You may go as far as to read the same books or listen to the same podcasts or sermons. But you’re just not “feeling it.” Well, here’s the good news: it’s not about feeling it. It’s about living it. And living it means subjecting yourself to the practices but letting God do the growing.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. —Matthew 6
I wish I could tell you when the roses in the picture above are going to bloom or at least begin to look like the beautiful one in the middle. But…I can’t. All I can do is be sure they are in the right place—with light, space, water, etc. The encouragement for you today is simply this: give yourself the process. Understand that you may have more shade than light, more crowding rather than space, and maybe dry-spells over wet days. You know, it sure is a good thing that you are a child of God and NOT a flower susceptible to the wiles of nature. God will care for you, guide you, and help you when you are in distress.