No matter the trials or shortfalls that come our way, we should never give up on the dreams and aspirations that were once so evident in our hearts.
We must remember that God is able to bring joy in the midst of heartache, peace in the midst of the storm and a confident knowing that it’s not the end of the road for our life. God is able to make clean the worst of sinners and make new all those who think it’s too late for them to start afresh. The change that Jesus Christ makes in our hearts is not only for Eternity, but also for right here on the good Earth. Encourage yourself to stand up again with Jesus knowing that He loves you and wishes for you to succeed in all areas of life. Our God heals completely. With Him there is nothing missing and nothing broken and when your life is in His hands, it is promised to shine again and flourish in ways that you have never seen before. (Proverbs 4:10-13) (Psalm 147:3-11) (Isaiah 54:10) (Isaiah
I hope this message encourages your heart to know that it is never too late for you to bud and come forth as a beautiful and sweet smelling flower.
Consider for a moment, a tulip bulb. Withered and brown, it holds deeply inside it a potential and beautiful new life. Miraculously, the seemingly unattractive roundish bulb can hold safely in its core a prized flower of pink, yellow, red or white, yet to look upon the odd-looking object in the palm of one’s hand, who would know that within such a proverbial “ugly duckling” could exist such a brilliant “swan!” Unlike the swan though, the bulb, if not properly nurtured with water, earth, and sunlight, will never begin the metamorphosis it is capable of! Instead, the bulb will just sit in a box or corner of someone’s basement awaiting someone to come and plant it.
So too, does our Heavenly Father have a gift for us just waiting to be opened and brought forth to life! It is the gift of salvation! Unfortunately, like the untouched tulip bulb that sits on a ledge gathering dust, so too, do many people never come to know and experience the beautiful blooming forth of the spirit of God in their life! As the bulb needs sunlight and water to spring it to full existence, our spirit requires the nourishment of the truth of God and His word to permeate the hard, outer shell of sin that encases our hearts.
By inviting Christ in to our life, we can be transformed from a spiritual bulb to a blooming sprout! The continual watering and nurturing of spirit will thus provide a lovely and colorful flower that reaches ever upward toward the radiant light of Christ, and its fragrance is indeed sweet!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
By Melanie Schurr