Thought 1678C
Risk to Blossom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anais Nin

“And the day came
when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud
was more painful

then the risk it took to blossom.”


11 thoughts on “QUOTE FOR OUR WEEK”

  1. RISK: “danger, gamble, uncertainty, liability, defiance of danger, gamble, jeopardy, chance! (Roget’s)
    Sometimes the risk involved in “stepping forth”, or “stepping up” or “speaking out” and attempting something new, different, uncertain as in putting ourselves “on the line” for a cause greater than ourselves, or even OTHER than ourselves can be rather scary. Usually the first concern with speaking out OR in attempting to blossom forth is, “what if people reject my message? Will I turn them off? Can I take the chance to speak out and be cut down? Maybe it is just better to stay here in this tight little self-compartment.”
    Just think if the rose remains a bud, the glory of roses will never be manifested. If the Lily remains in bud, the trumpet call will never be heard. The Lord said if a Trumpet give an uncertain sound, who will rise to the battle? If the industrious Sunflower never develops, her ponderous cache of seeds will not be distributed to the earth.
    If we do not step forth in our gifts and declare the works of the Lord and the glorious Gospel because we are afraid to RISK ourselves then the blossom of faith cannot come forth.
    Christ risked EVERYTHING that He had in Heaven and on earth for the PROMISE of HIS FATHER, the great prize of HIS HIGH calling. **HE budded in the NATIVITY; He blossomed AT GOLGOTHA; HE BLOOMED in the RESURRECTION and forever more.

    ** (bud, blossom bloom…lesson from DRESSING FOR HIS GLORY (C)Sara

  2. It is clear to see this is the reason we have a Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Oprah, Starbuck’s coffee, two Presidents with the same name, Bush, and the greatest bloom of all, Jesus, the Christ.

    Also, why we have new births? Why we have beautiful children all over the world? And, don’t forget about our little pets! How could one forget spring and it’s raging beauty of color, fragrance and morning and evening walks to talk with the One that tells us through all the blossoming that we are His own.

    Did you ever stop and think while walking through the garden with the ‘One’ we sing about and cherish so, that we are a ‘Ruby in the Angel’s Hand?

  3. Jesus told us in John 15:16 that He “chose us and appointed us to GO and bear fruit and that our fruit would remain…”. A bud in a fruit tree in the early spring season is a sign of hope that tree will produce a harvest of ripe fruit in summer. But the excitement of seeing the plump buds will turn to disappointment followed by anger if those buds remain in that stage and never open into blossoms. For it is the open blossom that must be pollinated by wind or bees and that then produce the fruit. Buds can abort or dry up due to many reasons such as flucuating temperatures, dryness, etc. I thought, Jesus doesn’t want us to simply show signs of fruit forever…He expects fruit from our lives for that is the way the Father is glorified (John 15:8)..when we bear fruit so we will be his disciples. There has been much written on the blogs about taking up our cross and following Him, about character building and Biblical choices. To me these are actions that speak ‘GO’. We have the choice to shrink back away from the demands of obedience to God’s word and stay a bud, eventually drying up or falling off. Hebrews 10:38 warns us not to draw back and shrink from this faith to blossom but to live by it for if we do shrink back “My soul has no pleasure in him”.

  4. …. one was more painful…there were two pains and the day revealed which was more painful… the writer in Philippians 3; 1-21…talks about counting all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus..and what happens when you dont …the end being destruction…there is a day and there is a judgement..and we are given a comand to go ye into all the world …talents,gifts,abilities…all for the glory of God…to bring souls into His Kingdom…Light into the darkness…to cause other buds to blossom….wow what another deep saying to cause one to think and be moving outward…not inward….dj

  5. “If the foot should say, Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the BODY, yet , would it be therefore not a part of the BODY? If the ear should say, Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the BODY, yet, would it be therefore not a part of the BODY? If the whole BODY were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole BODY were an ear where would be the sense of smell? For just as the body is a unity and yet many parts and all the many parts of the body, form only ONE body so it is with THE BODY OF CHRIST. For the BODY does not consist of one limb or one organ, but many. And just as GOD has arranged and ordered the limbs and organs in the BODY, each particular one, as HE wishes and sees fit for the best adaptation of each. So the eye cannot say to the hand….’I don’t need you!’ Or the head to the feet, ‘get out of my way. I don’t want you around.’ For each part has its function and must do its assigned task in the body, just as the eye that sees; the ear that hears & listens; the tongue that preaches & prophesies; the hands that comfort and give; the mind that seeks wisdom to teach; the feet that run to assist and aid across the railroad tracks to the helpless and hopeless AND THOSE FEET THAT BRING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL, ANNOUNCING PEACE,PROCLAIMING NEWS OF HAPPINESS”
    If we’re not BLOOMING where we are planted but remain an u “UP-TIGHT BUD”;if we are not performing our function in the BODY OF CHRIST we are “enablers” to a dysfunctional BODY OF CHRIST. One of the feet of the BODY is out of joint. We are crippling the running of the GOSPEL when we do not do our appointed and anointed
    Each of us must lend to the HEALTH and PROSPERITY of the BODY of CHRIST or SHE will not be the VISION JESUS CHRIST has for her in this world.

  6. I had not thought of we are the ruby in the angels hand…but as I am now thinking of this I am also thinking of what Gary taught on Sunday in 1st Peter 1 verse 12..which says..unto whom it was revealed that, not unto themselves but unto us they(the prophets) did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven, which things the angels desire to look into…(so now thinking of what you said Sara about being the Ruby in the angels hand…they see us as a precious gem/jewel that they are holding…)…is this the right connection?..dj

  7. blossom – “to grow or to improve”

    To grow or to improve, one must learn or gain knowledge. In 2 Peter: 3:18 “Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowedge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.” (footnotes) “Peter concludes this brief letter as he began, urging his readers to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that is, they were to get to know him better and better. This is the best way to discern false teaching. No matter where we are in our spiritual journey, no matter how mature we are in our faith, the sinful world will always challenge our faith. We still have much room for growth. Every day we need to draw closer to Christ so that we will be prepared to stand for truth in any and all circumstances.” I like this: “be prepared to stand for truth in any and all circumstances”…yes, it is more painful to remain “tight in a bud than to take the risk and blossom.” We must be willing to take this “risk” so that we will use our gifts, talents, fruits, etc. for the growth of God’s Kingdom. Thanks Sara, for blogging this quote.

  8. When I think of this quote, I think of Jesus and his life. He was born in a manger, tucked tightly in his blanket with his loving parents watching over him. With God’s help, they will help provide for him and protect him. He is a bud with one purpose for living, to die for our sins. As Jesus grows, he know’s what God’s plan is, so he takes the risk. He knows if he remains a bud and not fulfill his purpose in life, his people would not be saved. This was so painful to Jesus that he took the risk from his safe bud and began to blossom. Jesus began to grow. Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” He knew the risks he would be taking if he blossomed, he would have to die on the cross. Although this was painful for him, it was nothing compared to if he did not blossom. If Jesus decided to stay safely in his bud, he’s people would not be saved and he would be disobeying God if he did not blossom. This pain would be unbearable for him. Jesus knew his Father’s will for his life. He knew that it was not going to be easy. He knew he would have to suffer. He knew what he had to do and he stayed focused on his Father and did what he had to do. He blossomed, and he created new life for his people through his sacrificed blood. Lord Jesus thank you for your sacrific.

  9. Needles, ‘We still have much room for growth. Right Needles, we are not ‘smarty-pants.’ If we all could remember that about ourselves, believed it, practice it daily and stay in the learning mode we would see the fireworks as Chickenfarmer spoke of in our Litmus Test Blog.

    Chicken Farmer, I love and am so thankful to read Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

    You gave a great teaching on it. I must say I could feel and see if we really want to be like Jesus, have His teachings, wisdom, and skill tucked away in our hearts for today and a rainy day we must be about The Lord’s Work each and everyday without a doubt. When we tuck Him away in our calendars of activities He tucks us away in His mind and heart while another may just walk away with the trophy of grace.

    The Daily Lily is a good reminder that He is Daily, not weekly! And, not in the last corner of our daily, weekly, monthly Franklin Covey Caleandar. By the way, where do we have The Daily Lily on our calendars of events. Would you feel sad if you thought a lonely soul came here today to find a word of encouragement and found only stale bread while you enjoyed the pleasure of a day, or let work sway your eyes and heart and call you away.

    I have noticed we all love the word focus but that is like a sword or other weapon. What are we using Focus for?

    Focus: (of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly. This is the defination that I understand focus to be and the antidode is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Look Full in His Wonderful Face and the things of the earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace.”

  10. Chickenfarmer, your comment paints an inciteful picture for me to see. I am thinking on the part you wrote “This was so painful to Jesus that he took the risk from his safe bud and began to blossom”. It made me stop and think and relate it back to Sara’s latest blog “On Whom Do We Depend” where one thing she talks about is using our faith to put our gifts to work.
    From what you said above I can see that Jesus understood and was confident in His Gift and secure in who He was in relation to His Father. He was THE GIFT to mankind and He had to use it or He would lose it and men’s eternal destinies as well. Because of your description I can glimpse the painful choice of Him not coming out of that blanket and using His sacrificial gift. Staying stunted and in passivity by not using our God-given gifts should produce a pain that would push us to decide to move out and blossom also.

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