Gifted to me by my friend, Suanne, this bag of daffodil bulbs has been sitting on my counter all week. Each time I pass it, I promise myself I’ll plant them. Soon—maybe this afternoon. After all, November is the perfect month for planting spring bulbs.
Looking Beyond Today
These bulbs have nothing to commend them in way of appearance at this stage, but I’m reminded of the transformation they’ll undergo between now and spring—if I’m faithful to plant them soon.
I have the right tool, manufactured expressly for that purpose. It’s up to me to use it. I may get my hands and knees a bit grimy in the process, but I actually find that satisfying.
Come spring, I’ll be looking at golden daffodils. Others will enjoy them, too.
The Bigger Lesson
It strikes me that planting those bulbs is an expression of faith. There are opportunities in our lives that don’t appear very attractive. Yet if we’ll act on them, eventually, they’ll produce beauty as surely as golden daffodils will grace my yard next spring. I don’t need to put off planting them.
I like the way the International Children’s Bible explains faith.
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Hebrews 11:1 (ICB)
The bottom line for me is, I’ll reap results if I will:
- Recognize an opportunity.
- Acknowledge my ability take advantage of it.
- Complete the task in a timely manner.
- Go about my business until I see the fruit of my labor.
One More Thing
Bulbs have a way of multiplying so eventually they need to thinned. I’m sure the bulbs Suanne passed on to me came from a diligent person practicing good gardening. And Suanne practiced good stewardship when she realized she wouldn’t get around to planting them this year. (She’s still getting settled from a recent move.)
I need to close for now. I have bulbs to plant. I want to be faithful.
But I’d love to hear from you.
Did you plant spring bulbs?
Or is there something you need to do today as an act of faith in the future?
And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come on time.
Habakkuk 2:3 (MSG)