My neighbour and I were discussing plants. Given the harsh sunlight falling onto the front of my apartment, I found a lot of my plants withering away or completely disappearing – especially miniature roses which I had stolen with permission from the garden of the local supermarket. Thankfully, I was visiting someone recently and they told me to help myself from the different colours which I am yet to do. Relating this to my neighbour, I commented that I needed to get some pots first. That surprised her and she responded with, ‘What about all those empty pots on your rear balcony?’. I smiled and explained that I didn’t want to make the mistake of the past again.
Sometimes we plant seeds in a pot, and we don’t see any sign of life. We wait and we wait, according to our time schedules. When there is no evidence of growth, we decide to use that pot and soil for something else, to be ‘useful’ and not waste resources. We sometimes would then plant a young plant as it is obvious to the eye.
However, in doing so, we could be killing the work that is going on behind the scenes. A seed has to die to itself to be able to bring new life. All this takes place behind the scenes, and to the natural eye and human wisdom, it feels like nothing is going on. This then spurs us onto using this pot instead of ‘wasting’ it…. In order to plant something else, we disturb the soil and then end up actually killing the work that has been going on instead.
We need to die to ourselves – to our fleshly nature and put away our human wisdom – in order for God to be able to plant us into the soil that He has nurtured us for.
Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God – 2 Corinthians 7:1
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” – 1 Corinthians 1:19
Just like a baby grows in the womb for 9 months, which can’t be seen (other than with the help of modern equipment) by the natural eye, so is God preparing us for what He wants to bloom through us! It seems as if it’s all dreary and bleak… that all hope is lost…
Yet God reminds us:
A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world – John 16:21
So, are you ready? Do you choose to be hasty and kill what God has been doing or do you choose to die to your flesh and be patient that God knows what He is doing and thus ready to receive it in His way and in His time?
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert – Isaiah 43:19