That’s how long it took … 15 years.
bare lilacs15 years of waiting, hoping, wondering, praying, wishing, and trying everything I knew to make it happen.

Well, that’s mostly what took place. There was also a fair amount of disappointment, discouragement, frustration, and … the like.

Then this week I looked out the window and got the shock of my (ahem) young life.

THAT lilac bush finally has buds!

I’d cleaned up the sprouts that pushed their way into the grass. I’d pulled weeds that threatened to steal nutrients. I’d built a mound of mulch around the bottom, patting it gently into place. And dare I admit I’d fed it Miracle-Gro on more than one occasion?

lilac buds

Once my brain comprehended the message my eyes were sending, I gently closed my gaping mouth. My mental circuits sought the answer for why now. If you’d have counted to ten with patience you might have beaten me to the answer.

The reason the lilac bush is about to bloom is that we had seven huge pine trees removed from around our house. The deep shadows they produced have been gone long enough for the sun to penetrate to the lilac’s heartwood.

It wasn’t an overnight event. It’s taken about a year.

Now I await in giggly expectation for the aromatic blossoms of my favorite flowering woody plant in the olive family. (That’s how the scientists describe it.) I check each day for progress because the evidence heralds a joyous event real soon.

lilacs and meAnd so it is with our spiritual lives. There are all kinds of things in this fallen world that cast a shadow on our days; _____________________.

(Feel free to fill in the blank with your own list of disappointing, discouraging or frustrating people, places, and things.)

But when the shadows are driven away by God’s holy presence, the Son sheds the light of His love into the hearts of those who know Him, those He’s called into His presence.

“You are my lamp, O LORD;
the LORD turns my darkness into light.” 2 Samuel 22:29

“Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.” Psalm 4:6

“Come, O house of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the LORD.” Isaiah 2:5

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of the darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the faec of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

“But you are a  chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Bring on the lilacs! The ones in my yard and the ones in our hearts.

May heaven’s Gracious Gardener grant you a bouquet of balance, fulfillment, and joy.

with confidence in His providence,

all references from NIV1984

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