I remember an exchange in the recent movie Jane Eyre (also in the book) between St. John Rivers and Jane. It’s so simple, but it showcases a great character who isn’t consumed with ambition or personal gain.
St. John Rivers worries that Jane’s simple work and life is somehow beneath her or wasteful.
He asks: “What will you do with all your fine accomplishments?
Jane Eyre replies: “I will save them until they’re wanted. They will keep.”
While I’m remembering this quote, two different friends point out the incredible story of the American Agava plant that has waited 80 years to bloom. This very week, the plant has bloomed at Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
I learn something about this plant whose fine accomplishment has been kept for 80 years.
Nobody knows why it waited so long. Nobody can explain the particular timing of it. It’s a mystery.
All I can think about is the truth that our gifts and offerings to the world will keep until the right time–when they’re needed.
Until then, we live in the mystery of it and the comfort that we can save all our offerings until they’re wanted.
They will keep.