I could force these foxglove to bloom before their time by artificially changing the environment, but it would most certainly alter what they are suppose to be. Funky things would happen and the results wouldn't be as they are suppose to be. One possibility might be the stems would be weaker and in a severe storm like we had last night with high winds, torrential rain, and marble sized hail, these plants would be on the ground not having the strength to withstand the onslaught of nature's furry.
And just like plants, we find our selves in such harsh environments at times of which we have no control. Often I wonder if it's not made worse by the fact that we live much of the time in scramble mode attempting to make things happen "NOW" when "NOW" is not the right time? If we can rest assured that the Spirit never sleeps and never takes a holiday and is at work to accomplish that which we need to thrive, maybe being in a hurry isn't such a good idea....ya think?
Just about everyday this spring, in this garden, the Spirit has been speaking to me and showing me..."All is well, and if you run too fast you'll miss it." Running too fast doesn't change the space where all is well, it just places me in a different space and leaves me vulnerable to the harsh environment I must live everyday. In one of those spaces I find myself able to speak to the world (people) around me in a way that is helpful to it (them). In the other space, awhile back, I found out that I wasn't much help to anyone. I was caught up in the friggin storm trying to keep my head above the waves and attempting to keep the wind from breaking me or uprooting me.
If we can calm down long enough to allow the Spirit to do some uprooting and pruning away of the things that are hindering our growth, I think we would be very surprised. Things will happen in their time and that we can be assured of. For our Father who has began a good work in us will certainly see it through. He's not scrambling and he is not distracted and if the storm that is raging inside us can be calmed we might just find out that we are able to remain in that space where all is well, even if there is a storm swirling all around us.