There was a young man who needed his apple orchard to flourish. To bring in a harvest that would sustain his family’s needs through the long winter. So, he planted new trees. Then he prayed to the Lord, “Please send gentle warm rains” to nourish my trees and provide them the drink they need. And God sent rain. Next, the young orchard farmer prayed, “Lord, now we need sunshine to dry up the rain and provide warmth” for the tree’s roots to grow. And God shone the sun bright in the sky.
Now, the little trees were showing much hope. The young farmer was pleased and knew the next thing he needed to pray, “Lord, send strong winds” for the roots to bury in deep and grow strong. And God sent a strong frontal wind. Lastly, the young man prayed, “Finally Lord, please send a frost” in order to preserve and brace their tissues. And God sent a frost.
After this, the trees began to not look so good. The young orchard farmer went out and realized all his trees had died. Sadly he sought the wisdom of an old wise neighbor who, too, grew his legacy, provided for, and raised his family on a successful apple orchard. “Wise neighbor”, says the young farmer, “I don’t understand what happened? I did everything right.”
To which the wise neighbor replied, “Young son, you see, when I plant my orchard I leave it in God’s hands. He knows what the trees need and what they don’t need. God along holds perfect timing in His hands.”
You see, it’s important that we have faith in God and in his timing and will. When we take things into our own hands we are no longer trusting in God and His plan. Like a parent, when a child asks to eat cookies all day because they do not see the harm coming to them by doing so, a parent knows the future and therefore denies the child. The child may not understand but the child needs to trust in the parent’s wisdom. God is our Father. He knows the beginning from the end. Yes we may pray for something, but when you don’t get what “you” want, do not be disappointed. He has something else in store. Something better. God promises us life and to have it abundantly (John 10:10).
Our view is so limited. Our ways are not His ways, nor our our thoughts His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Do your part and then leave the rest to Him who holds you in the palm of his trusting hand.