But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 1 Corinthians 12:18 ESV
Once we were edging and weeding several hundred feet of perennial beds on a large estate, in preparation for the owner’s weekend visit. On the crew that day, we had a new employee named Waldemar. So as not to overtax him, I started Waldemar on a stretch of the bed which only needed some light weeding. After working on the other side of the house for an hour, I came back to check on my new friend and found to my dismay that he had not only pulled out every single weed, but he had also taken out all the primroses which were just beginning to pop out of the ground. “Waldemar, where are the flowers?” I asked. My poor friend stopped what he was doing and glanced back along the empty bed with a bewildered look.
“Just because they aren’t blooming yet, doesn’t mean they aren’t flowers.” I explained
Looking back, I can see that I should have spent more time training and I had forgotten how many years it took for me to learn which were the weeds and which the flowers. The church is a lot like that perennial garden. Just as in today’s verse, God has planted each of us where He designed and each of us blooms in our own season. While we are just beginning to grow, we might not look much different than the weeds. So, let’s be careful this week in how we treat others. Every part of God’s garden has something growing, and even flowers that have finished blooming still have value. Some older plants with only green leaves give a nice backdrop to the younger blossoms that are just opening. Others, even with only wilted tops, give quiet example as they simply rest, knowing that surely one day it will be Springtime again!
I hope you like today’s video that tells the story as well as includes the hymn “In the Garden” (It’s my favorite!) I was so blessed to have a new volunteer come along with me this week to visit my Thursday morning memory care friends.
5 thoughts on “Time to Bloom”
It’s a good thing Waldemar had a merciful and gracious boss, like you, Pete. I see this same scenario play out many times with children. Some of the more active little guys just need time to mature. It’s the same way with us. If God hasn’t given up on someone, then I shouldn’t either. Great post, brother. God Bless!
Oh, he is a wonderful guy and an older man who needed to work far past retirement. We remain friends to this day!
There are so many aspects of this post I like Pastor Pete! “God has planted each of us where He designed and each of us blooms in our own season” and “Some older plants with only green leaves give a nice backdrop to the younger blossoms that are just opening” are two of my favorites. Lord, train my eyes to be able to distinguish between weeds and fledgling flowers. Help me to be a servant who is faithful in helping to water those just beginning to sprout and one who fully appreciates blooms at all stages. Amen
Thanks so much for your reading and comments. I am always amazed at how God can use flowers to teach us about people.