This is a real orchid. Richard gave it to me on Valentine's day and it was pretty much done with the beautiful blooms by March 1. I saved the little "sticks" and kept watering it as it sat hidden by the back glass doors. A little shoot has just produced these beautiful flowers! What a reward as I just waited for it's time!
I'm thinking that God can see what He has for us, and so often I just don't want to do the work to maintain myself so I'll be ready. I give up when I don't see immediate results. This flower hasn't bloomed for 5 months! I'm so thankful God doesn't give up on me.