This year I decided I would like to grow an amaryllis. While many people choose to get theirs around Christmas time, I found mine just after the month of February began… on sale! I was excited. I had never had an amaryllis before. The flower on the box was so beautiful. I couldn’t wait until it came into bloom.
As I unpacked my treasure, the large, rather unattractive bulb that came out of the package was a surprise to me. It didn’t appear to be alive. The container was plain green, plastic, and not the least bit attractive. I went into the basement and found a more suitable pot to put it into and, in spite of appearances, decided to give it a chance.
I set it by my kitchen sink where it would be easy to water, but wouldn’t draw too much attention. The two dead looking leaves that had been cut off and blunted at the nursery before it came to me, seemed to remain unchanged… for a very long time. At one point, thinking I had killed it or it really was dead, I was tempted to give up and throw the plant out. Then, one day when my Mom came to visit, she suggested that I water it more often, saying it felt dry. I took her advice and started giving it a drink on a regular basis. That’s when my amaryllis began to change.
What had looked like two dead, blunted off leaves began to grow; rather quickly. Additional leaves joined them, becoming quite tall. (I just went and measured and they are almost two feet). Right now they are almost two feet!) Instead of a dormant looking brown, they became a beautiful shade of green. Next, a small pod formed at the top of one of the leaves. “That’s going to be a small flower” I thought to myself, but was happy that there would be any flower at all.
Today, sitting on my dining room table, that one tiny pod has turned into three beautiful red blooms. I am so thankful that I didn’t give up on them. So it can be with our dreams and our prayers. Our dreams may start out as a beautiful, exciting picture in our minds. Yet their beginnings may be less than grand. Like the plain brown amaryllis bulb that didn’t grow as quickly as I thought it ought to, we may be tempted to give up and toss them aside. Instead of watering them with prayer and trusting that God is working, we become discouraged and don’t give them proper care.
If you have been waiting for a dream to bloom or a prayer to be answered, I want to offer you encouragement. Don’t give up. God’s timing is perfect. He is working on that dry brown bulb in ways that you cannot see. Don’t throw it out. Don’t demand your own timing. Remember to do your part. Pray and thank God for working in your circumstance. In due season you will begin to see life. Leaves will grow and the pod will form. And the bloom that He has planned will be far better than you had dreamed or imagined.
Father, we lift our prayers to You. Even those for which we have been waiting for what seems to be a very, very long time. Lord, we ask for Your help in waiting, knowing that Your timing is perfect. Help us not to demand that You do things our way, according to our timetable, lest we miss the blessings that come with the fullness of Your plan. We choose to trust You Lord with our lives and our dreams. In Jesus’ Name – Amen
Galatians 6:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.