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What's Stopping Our Growth?

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth (Psalm 145:18 NKJV).

Recently my husband helped me work on my garden patch outside my office window. He planted flowers he’d nurtured from seedlings. When the seeds began producing, it was hard to imagine them flourishing the way they had.

Now I have beautiful clusters of blooms with bold pinks, purples, and yellows when I look outside.
I know that the beauty of blooming flowers refreshes us and attracts various creatures, showcasing the incredible creations of God. However, planting a garden requires more than just enjoying its beauty. Behind the scenes, it involves labor such as weeding, pruning, planting, and watering. The process consists of a seed’s death and burial before it can grow into a blooming plant. Surrendering to this process allows the seed to become what it was created to be by God.

And so, it is with us. For us to become all that God created us to be, we die and surrender so God can manifest himself in our new growth.

This process is often complex because of the conflicts we face in life. But God’s word tells us that the Lord is near to all who call on Him in truth (Psalm 145:18 NKJV).

Sometimes, the root of the conflict in our lives lies in our failure to surrender and let go of our desires. We struggle to trust that God will fulfill our wishes.

It’s understandable to feel uncertain whether God will lead us to where we want to go. Yet, we must remember that God’s plan for us is perfect and already underway. We can believe that everything is unfolding according to His intention and design.

Navigating the idea of allowing God to control our lives can be complex and challenging. It’s crucial to take the time to process these feelings and reconcile our desires with what we believe to be God’s will while remembering that we’re not alone in this journey.


Dear Father, thank you for caring enough about me to prune away the dead things in my life. Thank you for planting me where I need to grow and being with me throughout the process. Please forgive me for the times I’ve been stubborn and have pushed for my way. Lord, help me fully surrender the things I hold onto that prohibit my growth. Amen.

Your turn:
Do you have a story to share about an area in your life you allowed God to complete control? If so, what was the outcome? Is it difficult to surrender to God’s will? Why or why not?
What haven’t you fully surrendered to God, that’s preventing your growth?

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Dr. Katherine
Dr. Katherine
Jun 16, 2023
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