Not yet what we shall be

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“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”
― Martin Luther

This photograph is a picture of what some might call an immature or baby Hydrangea. Southerners are most familiar with these giant showy flower puffs that are found in so many southern yards. Seems everyone’s grandmother had/ has the prettiest color. Hydrangeas are funny that way. They are so dependent on the ph of the soil—be it too alkaline or not…that is pretty much the soul determining factor in the color of the blooms–be they pink or blue. There are white hydrangeas but they usually stay white— an owner may only tweak the color between the blue and the pink varieties by adding or subtracting aluminum to and/or form the soil.

I read this quote by Luther and loved it’s reference towards things growing–growing towards something, an unfinished process–things not being quite ready yet, the shine of glory that is yet to be—just like this hydrangea bloom—in a week or two, this bloom will be full, huge, and, in my yard, blue—a big showy giant blue ball, along with all of the other blooms around it. But today, it is simply young and immature, a long way off from its potential.

The hydrangea’s potential is just sitting there waiting– I know what the finished results should be and will be. Just like all of us–as we are not yet what we shall be, only God knows what our finished results shall be. Even at my age, sitting at a place where my career (at least career number 1) is behind me, my son, at almost 25, is basically all “grown” up…one would think that I have come to the majority of my potential—but that just is not so….and for that, I am glad. I am happy knowing, and even excited thinking, that there is much more to me–more for me to do, to accomplish, a better person I am to become….there is hope in that!

May we all remember this Monday morning that we are all in the midsts of a process that is unfinished as we are all growing towards our individual potential–waiting for the gleam of our individual glory that only The Creator, our Father, knows and that our small glory gives way to His greater Glory. All of this while living our day to day lives—being purified in our growth….slowly and surly.
Always having Hope, always remembering that, as long as we have a breath to breathe, we still have the potential to shine.