Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Don't Give Up On Your Tulips In Mum Season

We give up too easily. We want eveything 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. I, however, have found myself singing this week one of my favorite songs by gospel artist Fred Hammond, "They That Wait."  It is based on Isaiah 40:31, "They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint."   That song puts me in such a good mood, and by the end of it I feel confident my season is coming.

It is mum season! Look around. Mums are everywhere, little ones, big ones, and very, very BIG ones. You can pray for tulips in September and October, but that won't get you very far. You are more likely to get tulips in March. That's because March is tulip season. If God is giving you mums right now, thank Him anyway even though you didn't ask for them. Don't throw a tantrum, pout or get mad with God.  God is not a genie, nor cosmic bellhop, nor Santa Claus, nor is He an ATM machine!  Don't grow weary!  Wait on the Lord! Renew your strength.  Try appreciating the mum for what it is.  Mums will beautify your garden or your home, just like tulips. Renew your strength by count your blessings! And wait on the Lord.  Thank God for your mums, and take care of them!  He didn't have to give them to you, but He did! We serve a good God who knows what to give and just when too give it.  Learn to appreciate the season that your in.

Claim the promise is Isaiah 40:31, and keep on praying, and praying. Pray persistently in September, in October, in November, in December, in January...keep talking with God about tulips, the pretty colors, and different textures, and how you plan to water and take care of them. Then say, in March, in tulip season, or shall I say in due season, the Holy Spirit just may give you tulips.  God just may give you double for your trouble! Just ask Job. And, I'm a living witness of what God will do when you persist, according to the Lord's will in prayer.    Don't give up on your tulips in mum season!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace;
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time for peace.


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