The lilacs are blooming in Colorado now.
In June, people.
My brain tells me that is ridiculously late because in the rest of the country – and in most other places I’ve lived – lilacs bloomed two months ago. But the truth is for this mountainous town that sits 7,000 ft. above sea level, they bloomed right on time.
Not long ago a friend and I were talking about our awkward teenage years, and she asked me when I bloomed. While this could translate into different answers depending on the specific topic, I told her in general, it was around 35.
Give or take a year.
We all bloom, but we all do it against a timetable of one. In the physical sense, this is easy for me to remember.
But when it comes to talents, gifts, and callings? Oh, how I forget.
Sometimes, I see other people’s talents blooming in all their lavender glory, and I wonder when my own brown patch of earth will show some hints of green. I sit down, chin propped on hands and wonder when my drought will end.
If you’re waiting on this Wednesday, remember often it’s not if growth comes, but when.
“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” ~1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 The Message
God promises to make everything holy and whole, to put you together. He sees the environment where you live and knows that blossoming too early means short-lived blooms. God imprints on your soul all kind of beauty and gifts, and He knows the best time for them to burst forth.
All you can do is water the ground and wait, remembering you aren’t waiting in a time of drought but a time of finding out.
And a time of seeing how the Giver of All Good Things graciously prepares, divinely cares, and wholly loves.
If you are a military wife *or* a woman in transition, maybe this would bless you?
I’m traveling with my favorite four, so I won’t be posting much these next couple of weeks. I look forward to seeing you again regularly afterwards! Happy June, friends!