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The Upper Room Devotional for 14th January 2023

Today's Topic: "How long?" by April McIntyre (England, United Kingdom)

The Upper Room Devotional for 14th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 14th January 2023

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Topic: How long?
April McIntyre (England, United Kingdom)

TODAY’S READING
Psalm 13:1-6

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Even when I can’t see it, God is at work.

The Upper Room Devotional for 14th January 2023

I trust in your unfailing love. – Psalm 13:5 (NIV)

Last autumn I planted four amaryllis bulbs. Three began to grow almost immediately, developing strong stems and sturdy buds, and I was able to give them to friends as Christmas gifts. The fourth bulb, however, sat in its pot and did nothing. Weeks went by with no sign of growth. I anxiously checked the soil and prodded the bulb. Still nothing. Should I throw it away? I wondered. I decided to wait. Then one day in mid-January, after all the other amaryllis flowers had bloomed and withered, a green tip appeared on the fourth bulb. After that day, the new shoot seemed to leap upward in its eagerness to grow.

We can’t always see what God is doing. Sometimes we don’t know whether God’s doing anything at all, and that can be difficult. Through the centuries, people of faith have cried out in times of darkness, “How long must we wait for help? Where is God? Has God heard my prayers? Does God care?”

The late-blooming amaryllis gives me hope. God does care. God is listening. Although we may not see it, life may be stirring deep down in hidden places. We can fret about our circumstances, or we can cry out to God whose love is unfailing and wait to see that first glimpse of green.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father God, help us to remember that you are always with us, even in our waiting. Amen.

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