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The Mystery of Growth

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Winter DaffodilsA week ago we got 4 inches of snow and then the next day we had freezing rain which left a ¼ inch layer of ice on top of the snow.  Because of the cold overnight temperatures the snow and ice remained on the ground for 5 days before it began to melt.  I was walking out back the other day once the snow and ice were completely melted, and was shocked to find that my daffodils had sprouted about 3″ high!

It amazed me to think of all the growth that was going on underneath the ice and snow and I had no idea until the snow melted and I saw the results.  It occurred to me that this is what it’s like when you come out of a hard time.  Frequently, it’s only after you are on the other side that you are able to see the growth that has taken place.  So I wanted to make some correlations to what happens when you are in a dark place where major growth is happening.

Progress – These shoots weren’t stressed out and clawing their way to the surface.  Rather, it was a slow and gradual, but continual work that was happening out of sight.  This is often how it happens.  The hidden work could be character building, or refining of a gift to be used in greater measure or lessons that need to be learned to ensure your future success, but it’s all happening out of sight.  It may feel dark, lonely and confusing in your world right now, but keep moving forward one step at a time.

Purpose – The amazing thing I’m learning is how hearty these daffodils really are.  These flowers can actually tolerate a fair amount of frost and freezing, so for them the snow actually works as an insulator.  God often uses the circumstances of your life to further your life purpose in ways you never expected.  Sometimes the very thing you fear is the thing that actually propels you forward.  That which is confusing to you does not confound the God of the universe.  His purpose for your life remains on track.

Potential – They may not look like much right now, but these flowers are on their way to becoming the beautiful daffodils they were meant to be.  Sometimes life gets messy and you question the possibility of reaching your full potential.  Mistakes have a way of leaving you feeling useless or unqualified.   However, the potential that lies within you remains strong and the lessons you learn from your failures will sharpen and refine you if you let them.  Remember, God is greater than your mistakes.  Your gifts, talents and strengths can and will be put to use in increasing measure.

Spiritual perspective:  Daniel 2:22* “He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he himself is surrounded by light.”  The word darkness is often used to describe chaos and confusion as well as something hidden or buried.  It can be the darkness of circumstances, timing, choices or a season of time in God’s waiting room.  But rest assured that none of what is happening to you is unknown to God, neither is it a mystery to Him.  He will guide you through the process and revive and comfort you as you lean on him and trust Him.  At the appointed time the promise of progress, purpose and potential will be realized in your life.

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Truth For Your Life: Can you recall an experience where the thing you feared the most ended up being the best thing after all?  How has God used your life story, mistakes and all to release your potential?   Are you feeling boxed in, but recognizing significant areas of growth?  Your comments are a source of encouragement to others and are always welcome.

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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14 Responses to The Mystery of Growth
  1. Becky Gomez
    February 24, 2012 | 6:29 pm

    I loved the analogy. I would like to use parts of it on a discussion on spiritual growth with my youth group if it is ok. Thanks so much! Becky

    • Bridget Haymond
      February 24, 2012 | 6:51 pm

      Absolutely Becky! Please feel free to share with your youth group ~ blessings 🙂

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    January 30, 2011 | 6:56 pm

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    January 30, 2011 | 6:56 pm

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  9. Bridget Haymond
    January 28, 2011 | 8:00 pm

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  10. Bridget Haymond
    January 27, 2011 | 2:11 am

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  11. Dana
    January 26, 2011 | 10:02 pm

    This article had some really powerful nuggets! I posted it to my Facebook page.

    Thank you for the article,Dana

    • Bridget Haymond
      January 27, 2011 | 12:32 am

      Your welcome Dana, and thank you for honoring me by sharing it with your friends!

  12. Bridget Haymond
    January 26, 2011 | 4:55 pm

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