Sometimes things happen out of the ordinary that should make us stop and pay close attention.
Maybe this first picture doesn’t seem unordinary. It’s a dead stem of an Easter lily. I’ve had the pot on my back porch since last Easter. My plan was to save the pot so I could plant its bulbs in the fall to enjoy another Easter lily next spring. I, instead, left the pot on the porch through the fall and only paid attention to it on the first day of winter, December 21, 2017, and saw this:
How could an Easter lily be growing in this weather?
How could an Easter lily be growing without any care? No water? No plant food? No sunlight? Nothing?
This lily defied the odds. Through the dryness of fall and the cold that ushered in winter, this plant remained alive. Without the right season and right nurturing, this plant grew anyhow. I couldn’t help believe this could be the story for so many of us.
We have gone through dry seasons, where nothing was growing. Our relationships were dry. Our career was dry. A prospect of a career was dry. Our spiritual life was straight dusty. WE were parched. And this dryness ushered in the cold: the hardness of our heart, the ice in our attitude, and great blocks of disbelief. But, then, the unexpected happened. We began to grow. Even though we know and quote “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9), we can’t believe our unexpected growth. This is NOT supposed to happen, we say, though we waited long for it to happen. This is NOT happening, we say, and we wait for the dryness to return. We deny the growth we see and try to stop it with doubt, inaction, and fear. We try to stop the inevitable: That God has mercy upon those whom He has mercy (Romans 9:18). We deny our blessing; we deny that we are defying the odds. And our defying the odds is not odd because we have an odds-defying God.
“Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
Nothing is too hard for God. Remember, He made an animal talk; the sun to stop; the sea to part; dry bones to live; the dead to rise, and much more, not just in Bible history but in your life with you defying the odds, growing at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. Because you have an odds-defying God, it is ALWAYS possible for YOU to defy the odds.
Seeing my plant reminds me of this spiritual principle: “It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow” (1 Corinthians 3:7—NLT). Let us focus this year on our odds-defying God who causes us to grow in due season.
Happy, Odds-Defying, New Year!