Thursday, May 9, 2013
You're A Rare Bloom
"Wow...come check this out!" my husband shouted from the backyard. I walked outside to find out what had grabbed his attention. He stood looking intently at the bright, fluorescent, beautiful single pink bloom that had appeared on a cactus. It was a rare occasion...this particular cactus only blooms once a year. I'm sure we've missed it in years past because the bloom only lasts for a few days.
I found this so amazing...this bud sat for months upon months, slowly growing, hidden and protected inside the confines of a thorny cactus. A normal cactus, taking in nourishment from the sun and soil while the bloom waited patiently inside for the perfect moment to break out and show it's true colors to the world.
Did you know that you are like this rare bloom? You may have a thorny outside layer, built up from years of trying to protect yourself from pain. You hide your beautiful, vibrant bloom deep inside; often forgetting to nourish it. Fear takes hold, you sink deeper inside as the enemy tries to feed you with the poison of lies. But God is calling out to you, wanting to nourish your soul in His Word and Prayer. He wants you to be filled up with truth and knowledge; the same way a cactus gains nourishment from the sun and soil. As God's Word supply's the necessary nutrients for your soul, you begin to become strengthened in the love of Jesus Christ as it springs up and begins to bloom deep within you. Your unconditional love for yourself and others begins to vibrantly form within your heart. You are beginning to take shape. You are getting closer to allowing your bloom to spring forth for the world to see.
Can I make something perfectly clear to you today, the enemy cannot fight Love. Are you able to show love to others, including your enemies? Remember, it's the sin in peoples lives that display hurt, anger and ugliness. It causes people to wither away as they soak in the lies of the enemy. Have you allowed Christ to be formed in you enough to truly care for others, even those who've hurt you? These are some tough questions, but they are truthful questions. In order to have your rare bloom come forth, you need to overcome the lies of the enemy in your life through Christ's Transforming, Restoring Love and Truth. Allow Him to fill you up with who you truly are and all that He has planned for you. Your true purpose will spring forth as you nourish your soul daily. You will be transformed into His Image...A RARE BLOOM, in and through Jesus Christ!
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke 23:34
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," Matthew 5:44
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6