This is my beautiful Christmas Cactus! About 16 years ago, a very sweet lady gave it to me (more about her next week) and throughout the years, it has bloomed at various times, but rarely at Christmas! It's most regular bloom time is in March.
But this year, it bloomed just before Christmas and is still full of blooms! I LOVE it! And, when people come to our home, they often comment on how beautiful it is - when it's in bloom, the rest of the year it's sort of boring. LOL
Anyway, one day I started wondering if I had done anything differently to cause this change. I knew I hadn't moved it, but as the caretaker, had I watered differently? Polished it more often? Bumped it less often? Has the house been warmer? Cooler? I couldn't come up with anything, I didn't change anything, yet the plant bloomed on time this year.
I started to think about my own life. God doesn't change the way He cares for me, but I'm often a very late bloomer. It takes me a long time to learn a lesson, make a change, "bloom where I'm planted." Unlike my plant, I'm effected by changes daily - the people I'm around, the messages directed at me, physical ailments, the list goes on and on! Those things change me. But, my Caretaker, He's constant, never changing, always loving! He patiently waits for me to stop being influenced by those things and just focus on Him, trust Him to be my ultimate Caretaker!
In the few times or places I've managed to do that, I saw the beauty of how my life bloomed and the blessing it can be to others. But, more often than not, I struggle through and don't bloom as intended.
Lately, the words in Proverbs 3:5 have really be speaking to me. I can't tell you how many times in the paste couple of weeks I've been in a situation and heard, "You're leaning on your own understanding." Whoops, and that would be why it takes me awhile. LOL
What about you? Do you find it hard to "lean not on your own understanding"? Or, do you have that one figured out?