Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 1, 2015

Revealing Beauty

cb devo june1“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” I Corinthians 3:6 (ESV)

Helping Mother Nature along never really works does it? An early Spring with warm temps made me anxious for flowering blooms on my house plant. And some fresh air was just what I thought would do the trick. A relocation to our patio for a few hours couldn’t possibly hurt. Only problem – I forgot beloved plant and left it out until the next day. Did I mention that the temps dropped drastically to the 40’s that night? Needless to say, there are no flowering blooms – just stunted growth and drooping discolored leaves.

Impatience rarely reveals beauty. And while my plant may bloom again someday it definitely won’t this Summer. My desire to rush and force growth hindered the beauty that would have been revealed if I had only waited.

Wonder if that applies to people? How often do we get impatient with others? Our time table says growth should be evident. They shouldn’t be stumbling with the same old sins, habits and temptations. Haven’t we shown them the truth, the light, the way? What about all those discussions we’ve had in our life group? Were they simply not listening?

It’s so easy to judge from the outside looking in. Because all we see is the outward. God, however, looks deep beyond the surface. He searches our inner most being and only He sees the little sprouts of growth taking place. What we impatiently view as immaturity and laziness – God may see as baby steps attempting to move in the right direction. And with a lot of grace and just the right encouragement those feet are destined to land firmly on solid ground.

So let’s leave impatience behind – because God’s beauty within the soul of His child is worth the wait.

“Father, help us to pray, encourage and share lovingly with others. Remind us daily where we have been and how You lifted us up and restored beauty beyond our dreams.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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  1. How true but how do you leave impatience behind when it seems that it follows closer than your shadow?

    • Hi Amy
      Impatience is definitely something we all struggle with, especially in today’s society of “quick” and “fast”. We want everything right now. The key is to remember how Jesus related to others. He was always patient, kind and longsuffering. When we chose to rely on Him and trust Him with our impatience then we are enabled to release others into His hands. Through prayer, we can admit our impatience and He will meet us in that place and strengthen us to wait on Him. Still definitely challenging , but worth the wait. Praying God’s blessing over you as you seek in wait for His timing.


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