“When the little girl from down the street came knocking on my front door, I cringed. Normally, I was supportive of school fund-raisers, but my hours at work had been cut and my husband’s business had been struggling. I had prayed for security in our jobs and help with our finances, but day after day things got worse.
“As the little girl knocked again, I opened the door, ready with my ‘Thanks but no thanks’ speech, then waited patiently as she explained that she was selling packets of flower seeds to raise money for her school’s nature club. To my surprise, I felt a powerful impulse to buy a pack of seeds. I had a black thumb, no interest in starting a garden and certainly could’ve used those few dollars for groceries, but something pushed me.
“After closing the door, I felt a tinge of regret. Lord, why did I buy these, I have no use for them, I moaned to myself. But as I stared at the little envelopes, tiny words written on the back of the packets jumped out at me. Nurture these seeds with patience and love and they will bloom. A warm rush flowed through me as I realized how impatient I’d been with God. I’d prayed for financial help now. For my problems to be solved instantly. I’d forgotten that His timing is perfect and that He isn’t on my hurried schedule.
“That afternoon, I planted my seeds in a small pot on the windowsill. And with patience, love and trust in Him that things would be okay, I felt hope begin to bloom again in my heart.” —Sheila Osbourne, 57, Dallas