Yes, I meant to say, “Be a pansy.” Not a pansy as in one who is weak. But a pansy as in the hybrid flower that thrives in winter.
Why? Because we are in a winter season.
It’s time to be a pansy.
We had a hard freeze this past week. The result was the few remaining summer annuals still blooming in my garden and hanging pots all froze and turned brown. But the pansies I regularly plant to replace the summer blooms were thriving. The freeze didn’t harm them at all. Instead, they actually flourish in the cold hard environment.
That’s how we should be right now.
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I know there are many who have crumpled in the last several months and especially after the election, kind of like my summer flowers.
Be a pansy.
We were created for such a time as this. Created to stand up in the harsh conditions. We must refuse to bend or bow. Our resilience comes from our root system planted firmly in the Word.
I often think of Queen Esther in the time in which her people were facing a legal mandate to destroy them. She asked her people to fast and pray with her. But that wasn’t all. She also took steps of action to see the ungodly mandate reversed.
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Where do we get that kind of resolve and courage? From the Word where our roots must go deep for our branches to reach up high. A scripture the Lord highlighted for me this morning was, “As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles.” (Micah 7:14).
Miracles are coming, but sometimes we forget that action steps are also part of the process. What if Esther and just fasted and prayed? What if the Israelites hadn’t crossed the Red Sea? What if they had never left Egypt?
It’s easier just to say, “Yes I will pray,” and stop there. But don’t be a pansy (someone weak and scared). Be a pansy – a hybrid unafraid of the cold and harsh conditions. One who stands up strong in the face of opposition.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. (Ps 27:13-14 NASB).
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