For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
There are days I wish someone would come along, take some things, or help me out so that things would be easier for me. These are the days where I wonder where God is. Have you ever had any of these days? I have and recently. Our circumstances can really scream at us and cause us to loose focus and start feeling sorry for ourselves if we let them.
Recently, I was meditating and a picture popped up in my mind of a seed popping up through the ground. Well, I pondered on that picture and wondered why it popped up. I have learned that things do not pop up at random for no reason. So I try to figure out if God was trying to tell me something or my body telling me to lay off the hot sauce for a while. Most of the time there is something that is being said to me for me and for me to write down for later use.
Going back to the seed breaking through the ground. I was taken back to my science class where we were taught how a seed begins to grow and form a plant. The seed starts with the roots first. The roots spread and anchor into the dirt so that the plant is stable. Then the seedling begins to push up through the ground. All the while the root system is still growing and expanding.
Have you ever seen a seed in a garden where it is barely up above the ground and it still has some dirt it needs to push away? I do every year when I plant all of my vegetables and flowers. I get so excited. I mark the day I plant and then when I should see seedlings popping through the ground. I go out everyday to tend to them and watch for them. When I see a seedling that is just barely above the ground I have to fight the urge to go and help it break through the ground the rest of the way. In trying to help that seedling out, I am actually hindering it and causing some harm to the plant it will be. It will continue to grow but it will not be as strong as it could have been if I had let it alone to push through the obstacle in its way. It is through this process that the plant becomes a strong plant that can stand on its own. I still go out and tend to it doing what I NEED to do. I just do not jump in where I am not NEEDED.
God was trying to tell me that He is still tending to me and helping me where I need but in order for me to become the strong person I need to be, I need to push my way through, trusting in Him to guide me all the way and to support me as I grow. Being bailed out, so to speak, is not helping me out in any way. It is actually hindering me from growing up strong in the Lord. I still have people who pray with me and for me to break through in the areas that are trying to keep me from sprouting and growing strong. We all need that. We just do not need to be bailed out when the going gets a little tough or rocky. We need to learn to trust in God and His plan for our lives. It is a process and like all processes, it takes time and patience. Eventually, we push through the obstacles and circumstances. On the other side is VICTORY!