Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beauty, Part 3

It takes time for beauty to appear the way a gardener envisions it.  Planting the flower required preparation of the soil, and providing it with water, and food on a regular basis. My goal is for it to add to the overall picture of the garden, or perhaps become part of a bouquet.  

In either case, growth is part of the process. No longer does it look like the bulb I planted originally. Though it's not reached the ultimate goal I have for it,  it’s growth is clear. It needs time to fully mature, but it’s well on its way. 

I’m in the same boat when it comes to God’s plan for my life.  I’ve grown as a result of the nurture and care He has provided, largely through others.  I haven’t “arrived”, but I know He will continue to mold and shape me to be more like Him. He is, after all, the Master Gardener.

How about you?  How has God worked in your life to mold and shape you to mirror His image? Don’t forget to join the conversation.


Vonda Skelton said...

I've learned that the way He often molds and shapes me is through allowing me to suffer the consequences of my poor choices. Whether it's a lesson about taming my tongue or putting others before myself, I learn best from my own mistakes.

Ellen Andersen said...

I agree, Vonda. That's often how we learn what He wants us to. And, hopefully, it makes us less likely to do that again, although many times I find myself learning the same thing more than once.