Tuesday evening I took about cleaning my house. I must admit, OCD is my cousin because when I clean I clean! Anyway, I had three plants that my husband, Bobby, brought home a couple of years ago and they’d been thriving like crazy. Then one day when we came home from the grocery store, he just randomly, pulled one of the plants out of the pot—tearing the roots and it looked like trying to repot it was hopeless.
Needless to say, I watched and watered it for weeks, but the leaves just kept turning yellow and brown. I was still hoping that by some miracle, perhaps the roots would take hold and the plant would begin to thrive, but it just kept losing leaves and turning brown.
So, as I was cleaning, I decided to throw it out. But, when I grabbed the pot, not looking, I felt something in it—it was a leaf coming through the soil. I was flabbergasted. Immediately, I heard these words, “It’s not what it looks like, it’s not what you thought.” And at that very moment I began to apply that word to some situations, currently, in my life. For it is written “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV)
What’s the point to this? The point is the word of the Lord says Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) By hoping the plant would live, faith caused it to sprout up from underneath the surface. You may have a situation in your life that you’ve been hoping would turn around, but it looks like nothing is changing. Don’t lose hope. Because you do not know what God is doing under the surface.
You may have someone you totally gave up on, because you did not see, on the surface, any evidence of progress. Were you like Abraham hoping against hope? (Romans 4:16-18 NKJV) Or perhaps you were working on a project and were about to throw the in the towel. But did you keep working in spite of what you saw, or did you throw in the towel too soon? Sometimes we have to till the ground of Hopelessness until Faith sprouts up. The ground of Hopelesness can be so dry and cracked you just want to take the shovel of Hope and toss it away. But no matter how hard—keep digging anyhow.
Some of you may have situations in your life that look so crazy you see no way of anything good coming out of it. But hold on to your hope. You don’t know what might sprout up in the midst of that situation. Remember, it’s not what it looks like, it’s not what you think. Because you don’t know what the Lord may be doing. For it is written. Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” (John 13:7 NKJV)
I’m going to hold on to this pot and see what is going to happen after this. And I would suggest whatever you were about to give up on or toss out—hold on to it to see what is going to happen after this.
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel. (Isaiah 45:3 NKJV)
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!