So Now, Flourish!

KEY VERSE | Philippians 1:6

“...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I wrote the following in my journal on October 10, 2011:

“Father, I cannot see the way through this. I do not understand why my body is failing, why the pain is so great. I cannot see victory or purpose here. My spirit wavers, Lord, and I am weary, but I know You are good. Faithful. Help me to seek Your face, not Your hand. Help me to see beyond what is happening to me, to see more of You…” 

This was written in the most challenging season of my life. I could not see a way through and I was weary. I am oftentimes reminded that His ways are higher than our ways, His thinking is above our thinking. God is the master gardener of our lives, cultivating fertile ground, planting seeds, uprooting strongholds and weeds that threaten to choke out our life’s purpose. And as with any seed planted, any harvest sown, time and careful attention is needed for the harvest to bear fruit. It is during this time, the in-between time, when God meets us and invites us to draw closer. To sit quietly before Him and allow Him to prune that which is no longer life-giving or God-honoring. To prepare our hearts for what He has prepared for us.

I can now look back and see God’s careful hand, the way He meticulously gardened my heart so that it could be fragrant and fruitful, full of His Spirit. We cannot see the end from the beginning but we can be confident that His Word, His faithful promises do not return void.

My prayer is that over time you, too, can look back and see the hand of God on your own life—the work of the Master Gardener cultivating good soil, planting seeds of faith and goodness in you and pruning that which is unhealthy or dead. You can begin to see the fruit of your quiet time with the Lord—a spirit that is yielded to Him, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6).

RESPONSE | Reflect on what God has done in you these past 12 weeks and ask Him to prepare you for Sparkle 2017.