I looked out my window a few days ago, and I was shocked to see that the apricot trees in the orchard here at Safe Haven Farm are loaded with blossoms. It’s a bittersweet thing to see them bloom, because it’s the beginning of March, and we’re almost guaranteed to have another freeze or snowstorm before it’s officially spring. Most likely, we’ll lose the crop.
There’s no reasoning with trees. They will bloom when they think it’s spring, but the weather is unpredictable, especially here in Kansas. So the apricot trees bloom too soon, and they never get the chance to produce fruit.
It’s sad when we don’t get an apricot harvest, but how much more sad is it when you realize this same process holds true with people?
Today’s verse is John 15:4.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Life is unpredictable. It leads you in certain directions, and you can see exactly how all the pieces will fit together for your benefit. So you rush out ahead, make plans, invest capital, and start building your dream, right? And then it all falls apart. One piece at a time, you watch all the opportunities you thought you would have fade away.
So what does that mean? When you watch all your opportunities disintegrate, does that mean you were wrong to even try?
God gives us dreams because there’s something He wants us to accomplish. He gives us our passions so that we know what to pursue and how He has gifted us. But the difficult part of chasing your dream is knowing when to run and when to be still and let God do His part.
Because God does have a part in your dream. At least, He should.
I’m nothing special, but I do have a dream of telling stories about what God has done for me and using those stories to encourage people. And even if my dream is for God, I can’t realize my dream until I stop running out ahead of God. I have to stop. I have to remain in God.
What does that mean? It means to wait.
I. Hate. Waiting.
I want to do things now. I see an open door, I want to run through it. I want to go, go, go and not stop until I get things done. And that is not how God works.
God works backward. He works through impossible circumstances. He takes nothing-special and turns it into extraordinary in miraculous ways. He does it that way so that no one can doubt it was Him.
It’s scary to sit on your hands when you feel like you should be doing something. But if God is telling you to be still, be still. He’s got a plan. He’s working out the details. And He’ll tell you when it’s time to run.
When you have the courage to wait for God’s timing, He’ll reward you with a bumper crop of blessings. But you can’t get it on your own power. You have to use His, and you can only get His power if you remain in Him.