I’m dying of curiosity to know what this orchid will look like when those slowly swelling buds finally open! This will be the first time it’s flowered since it was given to me more than a year ago. Unlike my other orchid which pops out the blossoms before I even know they’re coming!
It reminds me of me. I like to imagine that God is watching me just as I watch this orchid, looking forward to enjoying the beauty that will be someday.
Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. (1 John 3:2 NLT)
This afternoon we walked by a shielded-off lot where a sign announces that a tall building will rise. It’s been like that for a long time and we haven’t seen anything yet rising above that barrier. However, this afternoon, through a break in it, we could see a deep hole. So something IS happening there! Before they can build up, they have to dig down deep.
What is going on inside me—or someone I observe—might look like nothing. No observable progress. But maybe God is already digging, laying the foundation for something amazing that will suddenly become visible. I wonder what God’s doing in me and what his plans are. I do want to cooperate, make this as painless as possible, and later on revel in the result. Maybe like a make-over. We have God’s guarantee that this will happen:
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
Jews had expected their Messiah for hundreds of years. We are told that every Jewish girl entertained the dream of being the mother of the Messiah. What some people expected was a human champion to deliver them from oppressive foreign rule and them set up a just and righteous rule. Others may have expected a supernatural figure to appear suddenly from nowhere and do the same.
But when God Himself showed up in human skin, to be born and grow up among them and pass through all the experiences of normal life with them—well that was too much! As Michael Card puts it, “Their wildest dreams simply weren’t wild enough!”
What wild dreams does God have in store in our time and experience? I pray that I will be ready and able to recognize and embrace His work in my life and around me. Wouldn’t it be too bad to miss out on something He’s doing right under my nose because of my own preconceived notions?