God, Cherries or Pumpkins?
I think it is human nature to assume we:
A. Understand the situation,
B. Know what God is trying to do, and
C. See where He is trying to grow us.
And most of us bristle if told, "You don't." (Even if we have been hitting our heads against the same wall over and over again.)
But no matter what we think -- we don't know. Not His plants. Not the fruit He is cultivating, how He will go about it, or when He wants it.
It often looks to us "everyone" is growing, producing cherries (or some sort of fruit) left and right -- everyone except you anyway.
But what if you are supposed to grow pumpkins? It's a frustrating, even disheartening, to see others grow strong leafy branches while yours stay spindly and close to the ground. But...only vines grow pumpkins.
With everyone around you sharing their tangy cherries, it's easy to sprout bitter tears: you have nothing to share. But pumpkins are only harvested late in the season -- because they are pumpkins. (Just be grateful -- pineapples only produce one fruit a season and then only after several years.)
But if God is going after pumpkins we can choose to either fight Him for cherries or help Him with the pumpkins. Cherries, pumpkins or pineapples -- it's hard, but we flourish when God gets to grow His fruit, His way.
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