It was going to be beautiful. The Jane Magnolia that sits some 30 feet from my living room window, the window where I daily drink my coffee and study my bible, was covered in buds. With the backdrop of the neighbor’s white picket fence, and the lake beyond, it was going to be stunning and I was anticipating the joy of it. This was going to be it’s third and best spring. I had walked out to it on warm days and grinned at how lovely it would be in full bloom.
Then there was the forecast and three nights in a row of temps in the teens. All those almost-open buds turned brown instead of pinkish lilac. I gave up and thought we’d have to wait until next year.
And now, not two weeks later, it is beautiful! Oh there are fewer blooms, and a few frozen brown petals still hanging on. But the blooms and new-green leaves are the prettiest sight.
Our lives, our work or ministry sometimes isn’t the beautiful we had hoped for. Expectations can get the best of us. But God (aren’t those two of the sweetest words!?) is still at work even when we might want to give up. Wait for Him. Pray as you wait. Trust that He is at work in even the cold dark times. The beauty He brings may not be what you had hoped for, but it just may be better! He brings beauty from ashes and redeems even the darkest of times.
Trusting Him to make all things beautiful,
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in its time: also he has put eternity in men’s hearts, so that no man can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.