Thursday, March 29, 2012

Don't Give Up On Your Mums In Tulip Season

By: Min. Angela Lee Price He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10).

I am convinced that we give up too easily. We want everything quick, fast, and in a hurry. No one wants to wait anymore. We want what we want when we want it, and how we want it. However, haste has no blessing. It is tulip season! Look around. Tulips are everywhere, little ones, and big ones. Tulips really beautify the landscape this time of year with an array of vibrant red, lavender, purple, orange, pink, and yellow colors.

I encourage you to just be still. Stop and smell the roses! Thank God for your roses, your lilies, and your tulips. Take some time this spring to observe the beauty of the tulip, while you wait on your autumn mums! Tulips can beautify your garden, just like mums.  God didn't have to give them to you, but He did! We serve a good God who knows what to give and just when to give it. Even Jesus tiptoed through the tulips, or shall I say the lilies. In Matthew 6:28-31, Jesus observing the lilies stated, “See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, o you of little faith?”

Pray persistently in April, in May, in June, in July, in August...keep talking with God about mums, the pretty colors, and different textures, and how you plan to water and take care of them, and where you will plant them, and how mums come back year after year.

Meditate on the Word of God. Let it strengthen you. Psalms 62:1 states, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him..” i Kings 19:11-12 states, "The Lord said, 'Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.' Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but he Lord was not in the wind. After the wind ther was an earthquake, but the Lord was nbot in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." Psalms 46:10 states, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Pray persistently this spring and summer about your autumn "mums," your hopes, dreams, goals, and aspirations for the future. I'm a living witness of what God will do when you just be still, discover the beauty in each season, and trust God’s perfect timing. Don't give up on your mums in tulip season!

A modified version on this devotional can be found in the Jesus Saves Newsletter - March 2012 and Whispers of God's Love Journal.

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