My children have great ideas. However they do not always have the foresight necessary for their ideas to have long term success.
On Mother’s Day our church provided my wife with some beautiful geraniums. These have come as an annual tradition and we have a specific place to plant them in the backyard. Inside an old stump from a cut down tree. My 5-year-old in his ambition wanted to plant them. I became aware of this from his younger sister who came to alert me of what was happening.
At that time I reminded them that the forecast was calling for snow and that if we planted the flowers now that they would likely die. My son, not being deterred, found some wax paper to wrap around the flower and added some more compost around it, essentially burying the flower in the tree stump. I was impressed with his thoughtful approach, the only problem was that the flower was now suffocating.
Thinking it best to not press the issue we revisited the topic later in the day and my children understood that the flower really did need to come inside and that we would be able to plant it for good a few days later.
The interaction reminded me how often we struggle with the patience necessary for fruitfulness in life. King Solomon wrote:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
What happens when I try to plant in the wrong season? It leads to an unfortunate outcome but not an unforeseen outcome. Father God actually desires to reveal to us a path of life so that we can be “rooted and established in love” - Ephesians 3:17. Yet we can choose to reject the invitation, the wisdom, and the insight. In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans he describes that rejection in this way.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” - Romans 1:20-23
How then has God chosen to reveal himself to humanity? How can I avoid the eternal death caused by the foreseen coming snow? Through the person of His Son Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. - John 3:16-18
My prayer is that we would all put our trust in the One who came to save.