june. i love june... but are you kidding me?! june! we're six months into the year. i know every month comes up surprisingly quick, but to think that we're halfway through the year is just crazy! anyone else feel that?! you know, that digging-in-my-heels-please-slow-down-i'm-not-ready feeling?! i can't remember if i thought about this last june, but this time i'm thinking about the goals i 'planted' in the early hours of 2014.
in january, i felt like i had so much time ahead of me to achieve my goals. i wrote down all my ideas and planted every one of those seeds in excited, bold faith... the world was my oyster! fast forward to june, and to my eyes, most of those seeds haven't even sprouted. it would be so easy dig up those seeds in impatience and doubt... assuming those seeds will never grow, and feeling perhaps it was a mistake to plant them in the first place.... but i have no idea what's going on beneath the soil. i can't see the process of growth in those seeds.
a couple of months ago, once the snow had melted and things were coming back to life, i pruned away all the dead stuff from my plants. there was one ugly plant in particular that i had never even noticed before. i almost dug it up completely because it looked like a goner. instead, i just pruned it... a month goes by and it starts sprouting leaves and buds - and not just any buds - peony buds!! and guess what? it still hasn't bloomed! just today, i checked on it like i have for the past 4 weeks, and the petals are barely peeking through. do i know for sure it's going to produce full blooms? no. do i know exactly what color they will be? nope. do i know the inner workings of its stems and leaves and roots, and how it all comes about? not a clue! because i don't have all the answers, do i cut it down and pull it out?? not a chance!!
will i then dig up and toss away faith-driven goals and ideas and desires just because they're not producing anything yet? no way. if i'm truly leaning into Christ and what He has for me, those things that i planted in faith will grow in His perfect timing, the way He sees fit... and in the meantime, i'll just keep watering and keeping the weeds at bay... i'll just take care of what He's entrusted to me.... and that's all He asks us to do.
there's nothing more freeing than knowing the growth really isn't up to us.
it's God who gives the increase when we plant.
it's God who directs our steps when we plan our way.
it's God who molds and shapes us into the vessel we need to be to carry out His great plan.
it's God who will bring it to pass if we commit it to Him.
there's nothing more freeing than knowing our seeds of faith rest in the very hands that brought everything into existence, that put our tears in a bottle, that were pinned to a cross for us. His hands are active and able and all powerful.
so, with all that said [whew, long post, i know! haha!], kelli and i were so moved and encouraged by this quote, and i hope you are encouraged too by this daily reminder on your desktop + iphone.... don't give into doubt, don't give up, just keep trusting Him!
"trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday."
trust, do good, dwell, feed, delight, commit, trust... and He'll take care of the rest. :)
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so much love to you guys!