Waiting to Bloom

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One of my orchids is blooming. It’s a big deal because this is the first time in six (maybe seven?) years that it has been healthy enough to grow a stem. There will be flowers soon, beautiful pink flowers with red stripes. 

But six years is a long time to wait, especially when I could have purchased a new orchid plant already in bloom at the grocery store. I didn’t think the poor, old orchid would make it for a while, there always seemed to be problems: not enough water, not enough light, finding a different container and bark for it to grow in, small, sticky hands that all too easily could pull it from its pot, etc. But, slowly, over the last two years it has been growing healthy leaves and roots, and now, it is growing a stem.

It’s quite an accomplishment—for me, that is, because I hate waiting. But, now I get to sit and wait some more as the stem slowly grows longer and longer. This waiting isn’t so hard, for I can see that there will be beauty at the end of it. 

And one day, a few weeks ago when I first noticed the stem budding up out of the long leaves, I remembered that Paul wrote, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV). 

Let us not become weary. . .

As we wait for health; as we put down roots and grow leaves.

Let us not become weary. . .

In longing for beauty in this world, and in ourselves.

Do not give up. . .

When we face setbacks and trials and troubles, especially when we’ve done everything right and followed the rules.

Do not give up. . .

When it feels like there’s not enough light and water to feed our souls.

We will reap a harvest. . .

Beauty that doesn’t just last for a few days, but that lasts for months and years and all our lives.

We will reap a harvest. . .

Though it might take years, and not at the time that all the books say, but at the proper time: when the time is right, we will bloom and show off the glory, workmanship, and patient love of the Master.


Megan Joraanstad is the mom of two rambunctious young children, Asher and Joy, and the wife to Seth. She not-so-recently obtained her Masters degree in Old Testament Studies from Denver Seminary, but continues to enjoy being an OT nerd and scholar when she isn't making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She loves gardening, her orchids, coaching gymnastics, and writing both non-fiction and fiction. She day-dreams of one day being able to sleep in on Saturday morning.