The Orchid of Faith
Last year after Party in the Park I received a beautiful Orchid as a thank you present. The flowers were a wonderfully rich colour and it stood tall and bloomed for months. Sadly, the flowers started to fall and the stems started to wither. It suddenly looked dead, hopeless and unsightly.
Now at this point it’s important to mention that I am blessed with a very neat and tidy husband, Barney, who likes the house to look good and is always cleaning (Such an incredible blessing!). So here we have an untidy and unpleasant looking plant, and a clean and tidy man. You can guess what happened.
Barney very strongly suggested I threw the plant away. Repeatedly.
Now I don’t know a huge amount about plants and flowers, so I consulted an expert, someone who had many orchids that were always flowering, and I discovered there WAS hope for my orchid, and that all I needed to do was keep it in the right environment and it would soon flower again.
My husband was sceptical, and by this point had had enough of the unsightly plant. Again he suggested we threw it away. But this time I had consulted an expert and knew if I just stood firm, made sure we kept the orchid, it would flower again. No matter how many times he asked to throw the plant away, I said no, it’s going to flower again, just you wait and see!
This process went on for months! A small green shoot appeared but didn’t do anything fast, and still it was an eyesore. Still the threat of it being thrown loomed.
Finally last week a bud appeared which has now bloomed into a beautiful flower, with other buds now appearing!
And then God spoke.
Sometimes things in life look dead. Situations seem hopeless and unsightly. Sometimes people around you see that and want you to throw it away. Sometimes others want to give up on your efforts, your prayers, your ministry, your health, your dreams. But we have an expert to consult. We have the Word of God, we have the Holy Spirit. We have a Father who wants to bring life to things that seem dead!
Consult your expert and then employ faith.
I had faith in my orchid expert who said it WILL flower again. No matter what Barney said, his lack of faith, his doubt, it did not change my belief that my plant would live!
I held on. For months. To that word. And believed. And I spoke.
I spoke it out, because I KNEW it would happen. Every time doubt comes from someone, speak out the truth! Speak in faith because you KNOW your expert is always right! Faith speaks.
Consult your expert. Romans 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing and Hearing the Word of God)
Believe. Matthew 21:22 – If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer
Speak it out. Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has power of life and death
Hold on. 2 Corinthians 5:7 – We walk by faith and not by sight.