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A few years ago, I was the recipient of a Christmas present that consisted of some cookies and a cutely packaged bulb. On the package was the story of Amaryllis, a love-struck maiden who longed for the handsome but cold-hearted Alteo. Desperate to win his love, she pierced her heart with a golden arrow and then visited his cottage daily, shedding drops of blood along the way. On the thirtieth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path.
Clearly made up, this dramatic tale was meant to provide a narrative of what someone would do for desired love. I will admit the story was interesting, but my curiosity was piqued regarding the beautiful scarlet flower as the packaging failed to provide a picture.
The bulb was planted and soon grew beautiful green stems, but no flower. As it continued to grow and increased in the number of stems it became necessary to transplant it to a bigger pot. This was done with hope that more space would permit a blossom and eventually an emergence of the scarlet flower the package boasts of. Sadly, after three years of watering and care, there was still no flower. My expectation had been cut off without fulfillment. Due to its apparent inability to reproduce, the plant was moved downstairs to provide greenery there until later we decided that the pot could be used for another plant because this flower was just “wasting up good soil”.
My dear Aunt Jackie advised that we should not give up on the plant so soon; so, determined to give it one more try, the Amaryllis made another move upstairs and sat by the window. The green stems grew and became longer and more vibrant, but still no bloom. One day I walked past noticing the soil was full of gnats. Not wanting the pest in my house, I moved the entire pot outside. To my surprise, the new environment proved beneficial as a bloom developed, and although I could not see the flower, the beginnings of it sparked a spirit of expectation and eager anticipation for the emergence of a beautiful red flower head.
Unfortunately, it was early in the Spring season and the frost came again. The next day, unexpected and unwanted snow fell. By the following morning, the flower had dropped off the stem. Anticipating the death of the Amaryllis no concern was given and it was forgotten about. A few weeks later I decided to look outside and was overwhelmed with surprise! The Amaryllis had finally blossomed and showcased beautiful scarlet flowers. The long-awaited blooms had finally arrived, and they were large, vibrant, and beautiful!
The lessons I learned from this process are many and worth sharing.
1. Do not give up. You will bloom in due season. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Life takes us through seasons. There is a time to plant and a time to reap. [Ecclesiastes 3]. We are here for God’s purpose and He sets the time and seasons for us to produce and bring forth harvest. There is a scheduled appointment for you to flourish. Keep working and pressing towards your goals. You will thrive at the right time.
2. You may experience frost, but it will not kill you. Untimely setbacks are par for the course. We should expect them and plan for them. However, sometimes they sneak up on us and may cause damage. In these inopportune times, we must trust and believe the scripture according to Isaiah 54:17 that “no weapon formed against us will prosper”.
3. Do not allow neglect or negative thoughts to stop you from reaching your full potential. The only one who has divine insight into our lives is God. He knows the plans He has for us. They are plans for good and not evil to bring us to an expected end [Jeremiah 29:11]. We can rest assured that He can and will bring His plans to fruition; therefore, any opinion that does not match his plan should be displaced and ignored.
4. Your environment matters. The Amaryllis was moved several times to different locations inside the home in an attempt to jumpstart its potential when the whole time there was nothing wrong with the plant. The problem was that it was not in the correct environment. The Amaryllis was not an inside plant and was missing the sun, rain, and fresh air it needed to prosper.
If your business or ministry is not progressing an evaluation is necessary. Please do not throw in the towel and give up. But do consider a change in environment. Just like the flower, your goals, plans, craft, ministry, and business will thrive when it has the support that the right atmosphere provides. Refuse to be your own hindrance by being afraid to move your feet and head somewhere new.
Go soak up the sun rays, the fresh dew in the morning, and the cool breeze in the environment that has been pre-ordained for you to flourish!
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