In the spring there is a bush outside my back door covered with white, frilly flowers. I’ve noticed not all the buds open at the same time.
For awhile, fully unfurled and half-open blossoms share the same space with tight green buds showing no hint of opening. I know that with the warmth of the sun combined with the nourishment of the soil and the refreshing spring rains, the tight green buds will open in due time.
recognizing your time to bloom
We, as Christians, also bloom at different times. Some of us serve visibly within the church with zest as deacons, some in the children’s ministry, and others witness and serve in the community. Others, like half-open blossoms, reluctantly offer to help on committees.
Then there are those whose growth is less obvious to us. Like tight, unopened buds, they need the warmth of fellowship, the nourishment of God’s Word, and the refreshment of love in order to fully blossom.
encouraging a spiritual bloom
The Bible says, “encourage one another and build each other up…warn those who are idled, encourage the weak, be patient with everyone…always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14-15.
We can’t hurry the spiritual growth of others, but by letting the love of the Lord flow through us and by meeting their needs, we can help them grow and fully bloom.
-By Nancy White, Deacon, Harvest Barn Church