Beauty…hidden

The desert blooming night rose.  Beautiful, right?  This flower has a deep significance for me in my walk with Christ.  It was in college when I read “The High Calling of God” by Author Unknown and it changed much of thoughts about Christianity and continues to shape my mind.  Particularly:

The Lord may let others be honoured and put forward but keep you hidden away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

Have you ever wondered at the years of invisibility in your Christian walk? That with the exception of a few conversations here or there, most people don’t know anything that God is doing in your heart?  Or the lessons you’re learning are changing you from the inside out but the external opportunities to show that are few?  Do you know you’re not alone?  Because, aside from God specifically creating a beautiful flower that grows in a most hostile climate and blooms at night when no one but Him sees it, He makes many of His own walk through such times.  Moses was stuck on the back side of no-where before returning to Egypt (Ex 3:1).  Joseph was stuck in a prison and forgotten (Gen 40:23). David tended sheep (1 Sam 16:19).   Abigail was married to a brute and a fool and has no life documented before David comes on the scene (1 Sam 25:3).  And there are many more, both in the Bible and through out the world, laboring for their Lord in invisibility.  

God has not left you or abandoned you.  Even our Lord Jesus had almost 30 years of invisibility between His birth to where His first miracle is documented and His ministry begins. And in all that time He obeyed God and grew in favor of God and man (Luke 2:52).  May your invisibility be as beautiful as the hidden dessert rose and be a sweet fragrant offering of obedience.  Because He sees you.  And,

 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves. 
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you, 
    but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph 3:17)

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