That bush in our yard is a blueberry.
Although, it looks a bit lost in the space all alone, it has been used by God to continue to teach me about waiting.
Because we have plans, some might call them dreams, but many blueberry bushes is part of that.
Our family loves blueberries.
(To give you an idea we picked over forty pounds of them last summer and they didn’t last past October.)
From before I knew God was going to move us here, I’d been talking with Him about my desires.
Psalm 10:17 KJV — LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
My heart sometimes begins to long for things and I’ve learned to take those things before the Lord.
He’s taught me to be honest about my feelings and surrender my wishes to God, for He knows best.
Waiting upon Him is a lesson I’m still practicing.
In the past I wasted so much time and energy trying to “make things happen” which invariably turned out disappointing, to say the least.
One of those moments came a few weeks ago.
My husband showed me a Craigslist post.
It was five to six year old blueberry bushes for sale and it was the kind I want, Early Blue.
He looked at me with uncertainty.
“We have the money, but I don’t know how much the garden is going to cost.”
We’d previously agreed, after praying about it, that we needed to make the garden our first outdoor priority.
“Let’s pray about it “
One of the ways we have grown in this area is agreeing not to purchase something if the other one doesn’t have peace with it.
In this case we both wanted the bushes, but neither of us had peace about it.
So, we dug a hole for the one we already own and we are waiting upon the Lord.
Often, I’m surprised how much joy that one bush brings me.
It’s because I know we could have several rows of bushes out there, but my heart wouldn’t be filled with the peace I have now.
Waiting for God’s timing is so worth it.
My husband and I were reminded of this fact the day we planted our bush.
He’d been walking around a section of the yard which has decorative bushes, an area neither of us have spent time in.
His attention became drawn to two dormant bushes a little bit away from the others.
His smile was broad when he showed them to me.
“Look closely at these two bushes, honey.”
I inspected them and was blessed.
Psalm 21:2 KJV — Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word and Your blessings. Lord, these temporary things of earth are of such little importance when I think on eternity, but You use them in our lives to teach us. Thank You. Thank You for continuing to hold us in Your ways and guide us in Your truths. Lord, thank You for the lessons and instruction. Lord Jesus, as I wait upon You, thank You for the reminder of the peace which follows obedience and the blessings we have in You. Lord Jesus, I never want to get so focused upon desires that I forget to praise You or I stop being grateful for the things You have given already. Lord Jesus, as I step out this week in obedience in an area which is very uncomfortable, I ask that You will surround me as with a shield and fill me with Your peace. Thank You so much for Your wondrous works. Thank You for salvation and the gift of Your Word. Thank You, Jesus for Your incredible love. I love You! Amen.