Brought Back To Life
by Sonia Brown
Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is
patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come
to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
My husband Tom wanted to express his love
towards me so he gave me some colorful spring flowers. They were beautiful
tulips. A gorgeous array of God’s creation. What a surprise! Like most wives
I gave him a kiss and immediately took the fresh tulips and put them in a
vase with some water. I then displayed them on our table and left them for
the rest of our family to enjoy.
Two days later I noticed they looked dead.
The tulips were folded over, had floppy leaves, and without life. I was
overcome with disappointment and grief. I could not get over the fact that
they could quickly die after two days. I called my husband to take a look at
them to assure that they were in fact dead. Maybe he knew something about
them that I didn’t.
Tom and I agreed they were indeed dead.
Ready to throw them out I embarrassedly discovered they did not have any
water. I felt so foolish and guilty knowing it was because of me that they
were in this condition. So quickly I filled the vase with water in hopes
that they would come back to life. I was determined to give them one more
chance. And to my amazement within two hours they were brand new. They
looked vibrant and cheery. They were renewed, regenerated, and restored.
I learned a valuable lesson that sunny day.
God is very patient. He is slow to anger. He wants everyone to enjoy the
abundant life He has provided. Even when someone looks dead God sees life.
I know some people in my church that I have been frustrated with in their
Christian walk and God reminds me not to give up on them. He has never given
up on me.
Sometimes we want to give up on ourselves
but God says there is still potential. He sees something out of nothing. He
sees success when there is failure. He sees life when there is death.
As I was ready to throw those tulips out some of you are ready to throw your
future out. God is saying “Wait! Let me have a chance to work at it.” All
God wants you to do is speak the Word of God over your situation. His word
is like water to thirsty soul.
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