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23 May 2014
GOD-TRACKING IS NURTURING IN THE VISION HE HAS GIVEN YOU, DESPITE SEEMING FAILURES
I have a lovely white orchid plant growing in a pot on my bathroom windowsill. It is a very rewarding site and fills the room with cheer. At the moment it's boasting 33 blossoms but it's not always been this prolific. When I bought the plant it had four or five flowers in bloom but after they died off it stood dormant for a very long time. I faithfully watered its roots and moistened its leaves but to no avail. But then one winter I began to notice little buds appearing between its leaves. These buds grew and grew until two longs stems produced the display I'm now enjoying so much. I must admit that there were times that I thought I should just get rid of the orchid but, thankfully, I persevered in my nurture until I was rewarded for my faithfulness.
Another story is told of young William Wilberforce who was most discouraged one night in the early 1790s after another defeat in his 10 year battle against the slave trade in England. Tired and frustrated, he opened his Bible to read. As he did a small piece of paper dropped out. It was a letter written by his friend John Wesley shortly before his death. Wilberforce read it again: "Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing. Go on in the name of God, and in the power of His might."
Two accounts of endurance (though I'll admit the latter is a little more honourable than the first). However, in both the cases above it was the nurture of a vision that produced the fruit. If I had given up watering my favourite flower then it would have died off and never produced the reward it now gives. If Wilberforce had given up plying parliament to abolish slavery then we'd be living in a very different world today. Faithful endurance continues to water the vision and watches as God produces the fruit, as only he alone can do.
God-tracking is nurturing in the vision he has given you, despite seeming failures
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You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
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Help me to continue watering this vision by your inspiration
"Dear Lord, I'm weary of working at this vision you've given me. It seems that I see no fruit to my labour. And yet I realises that I need to continue to work at it with all my might as unto you. Help me to see beyond these seeming failures to the success that you've promised. Help me to continue watering this vision by your inspiration, as I would a flower without blossoms, until I see the reward you bring. I realise that it may take a long time to bloom, O Lord, but I choose to be faithful at what you have called me to do. Jesus, you are my very great reward. Amen."
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Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Resident in the UK, he currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also senior leader and pastor of a church in the British West Midlands called, Cornerstone Family Church and a radio broadcaster.
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