More than a year ago, my firstborn gave me an orchid and he said: “I hope you like it and hopefully don’t die.” I replied: “Oh dear, I don’t have a green thumb. Remember that you gave me a bamboo plant to take care of and I almost killed it!” The fact is that while it was in its original container, it blossomed several times until I noticed that the months passed and its green leaves began to wither, although I watered and fed it. I thought, “Maybe it needs to be changed to a bigger pot.” So, I searched the internet for the right conditions and soil to transplant it into its new home. New pot, fertile soil for orchids, moss or mulch to retain moisture. This was not a one day process, it took me several weeks because I was afraid to annihilate it! After several educational You Tube videos, I took courage and proceeded to remove it from the pot, I removed the soil and noticed that many roots were rotten. With fear, I pruned the old ones taking care not to break the new ones. I followed the instructions to the T: good drainage, mulch, soil for orchids, moss and fertilizer, water once a week.
A few days ago, I realized that it was blooming and yesterday it gave two beautiful violet orchids. When I saw those beautiful orchids early in the morning, I asked, my God, what do you want to tell me? Only two, one opened first, the other one the next day, as if it was waiting for her. In my life’s journey, I can identify times where God pruned my roots, my wrong beliefs. Psalm 139: 1, 2 says, ” You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” But he was never far from me, he was not ashamed of me because “I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” (Psalm 139: 14)
Several years of enduring trials have passed just like the petals of that blossoming orchid, of deciding to walk blindly to Jesus, trying not to listen to human voices. To seek him intimately, to adore him, because “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”(John 4: 23,24).
Waiting confirmation for my prayers, to intercede for others, to live an honorable life and in expectation. To wait is to trust, to anticipate, to expect. Lamentations 3:26 says, “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”; Ruth 3:18 “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens”; also in Romans 8:25. “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” I had to wait to see if taking care of the orchid would give the results I was expecting. Likewise, God is our gardener: He prunes, feeds, waters and allow us to blossom extraordinarily when we discover that our destiny is aligned with His. Blossoming, as in John 15: 1-3 Jesus said: “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.”