“He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalms 1:3 NKJV

We all want to be “planted” by God, and prosper. Some of us expect to be fruitful all the time. 

I can think of no tree that bears fruit all year long. So why should we expect that we are any different?

Mass media would have you believe if you aren’t doing “something” (fill in whatever blank applies to you) then you are doing nothing.

This isn’t how God works.

Your particular season may not occur the same time as your neighbor or even your spouse. Some people “peak early.”  Others are “late bloomers.”

Don’t allow how things appear to deter you from your dreams!   DSC_2973 (2)

The picture above was taken today. This hydrangea should have bloomed back in May. Somehow it isn’t allowing my expectations to hinder its blooms.

I think God is trying to tell me something.

There are a few things I want to do. Some would say I’m too old. Others would say I’m too inexperienced. Their points could be valid.

Yet with God, we’re not confined by other people’s expectations.  

God doesn’t meet our expectations. In fact, His miracles often defy them!

It is in the silent and quiet times that God prepares for the fruit, the miracle, the breakthrough.

When Moses was up against the Red Sea with Egyptians at his back, it looked like God was doing nothing.

When Joshua first led the people around the city walls, it looked like God was doing nothing.

When Sara and Abraham waited decades before Isaac was born, it looked like God was doing nothing.

Each of these people was “planted” by God and fruitful in season.

We focus on the miracles but not so much on the “stuff” these Biblical heroes endured in their “dormancy.”

Moses murdered a man, wandered the desert and tended sheep for years before hearing God’s voice.

Joshua lived in the wilderness and had to wait for people to die before he could enter the Promised Land.

Sara and Abraham were close to dead and had “momma drama” due to their own impatience before God’s promise was fulfilled.

But their promises were fulfilled.  In their season.

Ours can be too.

“To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. Yes, we’re much better off when we allow time for quiet reflection, instead of feeling that we ought to be busy all the time. Always being in a rush causes so much unnecessary stress! This year I’ve resolved to slow down and take time to read and comment on a positive blog every day. I’m keeping a chronicle of my virtual travels on my own blog, and have added your site as my entry for today. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your encouraging words!

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    1. Well, thank you!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      What is a great idea. I admit I read many blogs yet I don’t always make time to comment as I’d like to.

      I will definitely check out your site. The idea is quite intriguing. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  2. I always enjoy your blog, I am also a late bloomer, matter of fact I am still waiting to see what it is that God has for me. So in the mean time I continue to serve him and look for my true call to duty. I love and think on this all the time, don’t just want to be doing anything that’s doesn’t have Gods blessing, I will know when it comes. I love the part where we wait on the Lord, learning will waiting. Love your
    friend Phyllis.


  3. “We focus on the miracles but not so much on the “stuff” …” What a thought provoking piece, Lilka!

    I often think that “being spontaneous” with committed “kingdom workers” is nigh on impossible. Diaries full to bursting with meetings and doings and more doings – “let’s diarise being spontaneous: when’s good for you?” That this “business” mode on behalf of God is a tad weird.

    Living the “stuff” of non-miracle, non-diary, non-superhero, non-busy … I wonder if that is as important as all the other stuff.


  4. So true! A seed must be planted and allowed time to sprout before it can become fruitful. Yet we are bombarded by mass media’s “results” focus, which warps our thinking. Excellent post, Lilka! 🙂 ❤ ❤


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