This is written by my precious kid-sister growing up... Sally Blick Page.
The Amen of nature is always a flower. —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Well over a year ago, a friend gave me an African Violet. She was going to throw it away because it was getting crowded in the pot it was in, as it had 3 different plants, and it wasn't blooming anymore.
I told her I wanted to take it home to see if I could salvage it. I separated the 3 individual stems and repotted them into 3 different pots. I used special African Violet potting soil; I bought a special African violet pot for the biggest of the 3 plants. It's a porous smaller pot that fits into the larger pot that is filled with water, so it continually gets water to its roots. I even bought African violet food to add to the water! I put the pots in a very sunny window. I waited. And waited. And waited. And waited some more. No blooms. None. Nada.
The smallest of the 3 plants didn't survive, so it went into my compost pile. The other 2 were very healthy-looking plants, but they did not seem to want to bloom. Several times, I considered tossing them and buying new African violets that had blooms! But I just couldn't throw away healthy looking plants, even if they weren't blooming. Last Sunday, as I walked past one of my African violets, I happened to look down and I saw flowers budding. I couldn't believe my eyes! This plant that I had just about given up on was finally about to bloom! It was then that I felt God's spirit saying, "Never give up".
In our lives, we can do all the things we think are right, like I did with the violets: the right pot, the right soil, food, location, etc. and still not "bloom". Don't give up! In time, you will! But God also wants us to be proactive and take steps that will move us forward so we can bloom again!
Are you grieving the death or illness of a loved one and feel like your life is over, and you'll never bloom again? Don't give up! You're still beautiful and worth nurturing so that you'll bloom again! Maybe a grief support group or counseling would help you move forward.
Are you trying to start a new career, go to school, or pursue a business venture? Don't give up! You may feel like you're doing all the right things, but you may have to wait for the right timing or change your strategy to move things forward.
Are you struggling in a relationship? Don't give up! You may have to compromise in some areas to make your relationship bloom again. Maybe you need counseling or a group of friends who can help you with your struggles.
Maybe you are dealing with financial struggles. Be proactive in finding people who can help you with budgeting, paying bills in a timely manner, etc. When you get control of your finances, you will feel like you can bloom and provide a brighter future!
Maybe you're facing parenting issues that are overwhelming to you. Don't give up on that child who is causing so much difficulty. Seek wise counsel, and never stop praying for God to give you wisdom and discernment in how to handle the tough situations.
Life can be such a struggle. There are many things that happen in our lives that bring us down and make us feel like we'll never bloom again. If you're in a period like this, think of my little African violet story. I'm glad God used this little, old plant to show me that we must keep going, keep believing, keep hoping, and even when our lives aren't blooming, don't give up! Our lives are still so important, even if we aren't blooming all the time. We must continue to nurture those areas in our lives that aren't blooming, just as I nurtured the African violet plants to give them the best chance of blooming.
Oh, and then to top it all off, I was expecting the typical PURPLE African violet flowers, but guess what? They're not purple, they're PINK! That was another nudge from the Holy Spirit saying to me that even when we do "bloom", it may not be exactly as we expected. Just trust God in the process and with the outcome!
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."