Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Am I flourishing?"

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Back in January, I shared with you that my “word of the year,” was FLOURISH.  Just the other day, I was talking to my friends in which I do a Bible study with, and I was telling them that I feel like I’m not flourishing like I had hoped.  I think we all feel like that sometimes…we feel like we are floundering more than we are flourishing. Am I right?
I got to thinking about why I was feeling this way. Why did I not think I was flourishing???  I think I was looking for something tangible. Something that I could see, that would show that I was flourishing.  Like a checklist that had been completed or a task that had been done.  You know, those tangible things that you can see and cross off or mark as clear indicators you’re making progress.  As I pondered it over, I realized that sometimes it’s a while before we can really see it. Or sometimes, its looking back at where we have come, that we can  see where we have grown and have flourished into the person God wanted us to be.
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Just a few weeks ago, I began planting my cool-weather vegetable garden.  At first, it doesn’t look like much.  It’s muddy and just a pile of dirt really.  I know that if I’m consistent with watering, soon it will be different.  Sure enough, the seeds are starting to sprout.  And even though it isn’t much yet, come a few more months from now, my garden will begin to flourish, yielding lots of veggies that will fill our bellies.
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My garden reminds me of me.  It can be so easy to look at my life and think, “I’m not flourishing. Nothing is happening.” Sometimes that might be true and I need to make some changes. But more often than not, it’s not true.  Outwardly, I might not be able to see it, but inwardly God is doing something.  I can usually feel it.  I’m like that tiny little seed in the ground.  There’s a lot going on under the surface, that I just can’t see, but sure can feel it.
He is speaking to me.
He is revealing things to me.
He is teaching me.
He is showing His Truths to me.
He is molding me into the person He wants me to be through situations and things I experience.
He is helping me to be humble and quiet, when all my flesh wants to do is scream.
He is warning and protecting me.
And lastly, He is showering His love on me. Sometimes it’s hard to see what is going on below the surface, until it begins to sprout. I think I’m beginning to see something sprouting in me.
God is changing me.
He is working on me.
It is causing me to trust Him more.
And I’m realizing that these are the things I specifically prayed for as God laid the word FLOURISH on my heart back in January. WOW…God really is amazing, isn’t He!
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 Sometimes it’s hard to see what is going on below the surface, until it begins to sprout. I think I’m beginning to see something sprouting in me.
God is changing me.
He is working on me.
It is causing me to trust Him more.
And I’m realizing that these are the things I specifically prayed for as God laid the word FLOURISH on my heart back in January. WOW…God really is amazing, isn’t He!


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