It seems many of us struggle with the timing of our spiritual growth. Like nearly everything else in society these days, we want it fast—now!—and easy. We want "instant enlightenment" and may not want to put in the effort it takes to let go, heal, and step into the person we know we can be.
Every spring when I think about this—the nature of our spiritual unfolding—I think about daffodils. I recall the first year I planted these bulbs, how excited I was to see them emerge from the dense ground of winter. I waited and waited, but they didn't pop. In fact, an entire season later they STILL hadn't emerged. What was a doing wrong?
What I didn't realize what that planted bulbs may take a number of seasons to grow. They don't always bloom right away. In fact, in gardening lingo, daffodils can have "sterile years" where they don't bloom at all. I'm thinking ... the same is true for humans ... or at least it appears that way on the surface.
As human beings, we may have to traverse months, years, of lived experience to feel the difference of growth in ourselves. It takes patience to be a "master gardener" of our inner life. Just because we want change (and blooming!) now, doesn't mean we'll have it. Wishing does not make things so. Embracing divine timing and doing the good "work of self" does.
You will come into fruition in your own season.
Just as the daffodils of spring unfold in accordance
with Divine Order, so must we.
Often, we find this process to be frustratingly slow,
but it is right and true to the higher purpose
to which we have been called.
Like the daffodils,
let us be gentle with ourselves
as we strain to reach out and up,
raising our beautiful crowns to the celestial light.
~ From Awakening the Spirit Within
Photos © Janice Lynne Lundy, 2014.
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Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.