When I saw the unopened flower, I decided to photograph it without hesitation.
Looking at the image now, it seems almost "wadded" up, like a wet wash cloth.
What would it look like when it was finally unfolded?
Closed tightly in preparation for what it was to become, it only revealed a hint of its future appearance.
When God is at work in our lives and in the lives of those we love, isn’t it that way?
We see a change–perhaps a very small one–and then new things begin to appear.
At first, we may only look with puzzlement at the growing "wad."
Closed tightly in preparation for what God has in store, there may be only a hint of what is about to become reality.
Think of how many people you know who have said things like—
"If you had told me when I was in college that I would someday be a pastor, I would have said that you were crazy!"
"I never thought that I would teach Sunday School."
"When I prayed about a job, I never dreamed that God would have me in this career."
"She never seemed to care about anyone–now she’s the kindest person I know."
"For years, he denied even the possibility that God could exist. Today, he hosts a radio program centered on evangelism."
We can’t always understand what God is doing in our own life or the life of someone else.
Just because we can’t understand it at the moment, or even identify the first changes we become aware of, we shouldn’t be persuaded into thinking that God is not at work.
If He is creating a flower, it will certainly bloom.
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. –Ecclesiastes 11:5