On this particular plant, there were open blooms as well as buds readying themselves to do the same.
Coexisting, they were each on their own time frame, blooming in beautiful unfurled color or remaining tightly wrapped in preparation for doing so at the appointed time.
Without buds, there would be no bloom.
As Christians, we are all on an individual journey of faith as our relationship with God grows and matures.
We each have gifts and talents that have been given to us in order to minister to each other and to the world.
Together, we can form a resplendent creation of blooms and buds, working alongside each other with encouragement and love.
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.