We have this beautiful cherry tree in our yard. This past week it started to bloom and that got me thinking. You know all winter it was just branches. It looked pretty dead. But there was life in there just waiting to bloom! It had to wait – for just the right time. If it had bloomed in Winter the blossoms would have frozen. If it had bloomed in Summer the blossoms would have shriveled from the heat. But it is Spring – and just the right time for it and us to bloom.
Sometimes things look ‘dead’. Like nothing will ever happen. But have faith my friends – there is life in you! Jesus promised that if we abide in the vine we would bear much fruit. Soon we will blossom, right where we are. And where there is a blossom, there will be fruit!
BIBLE VERSE ON FLOWERS
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose and the autumn crocus. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellency of [Mount] Carmel and [the plain] of Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty and splendorand excellency of our God. (Isaiah 35:1-2 AMP)
Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith? (Luke 12:27-28 AMP)
[She said] I am only a little rose or autumn crocus of the plain of Sharon, or a [humble] lily of the valleys [that grows in deep and difficult places].
But Solomon replied, Like the lily among thorns, so are you, my love, among the daughters.
Like an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved [shepherd] among the sons [cried the girl]! Under his shadow I delighted to sit, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. (Song of Solomon 2:1-3 AMP)
I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for My anger is turned away from [Israel].
I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.
His suckers and shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree and his fragrance like [the cedars and aromatic shrubs of] Lebanon.
They that dwell under his shade shall return; they shall revive like the grain and blossom like the vine; the scent of it shall be like the wine of Lebanon. (Hosea 14:4-7 AMP)
- The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 AMP)
And the glory (majesty and splendor) of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely [all] the people are like grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:5-8 AMP)
Diana Rasmussen is a Faith Builder, Worship Leader, Veteran's wife, and Customer Service Rep. At her blog Prayers and Promises she shares from her heart on how to find hope in this crazy world!