Have you ever heard the expression “Bloom where you are planted?”
Stop and think about what that really means. In my mind, it means be your best no matter where God has you.
Sometimes we are planted in sandy soil, and we are just not getting the nutrients we need to be fed. Sometimes we are planted in soil that is fertile, where growth and beauty seem effortless. Sometimes we are planted in soil that’s just too wet–maybe the tears that are making our soil soggy are tears of joy, but more often than not, they are tears of pain. And sometimes, we are planted in soil that’s just too dry, and we feel as if we are going to shrivel up, wilt and fall right off the branch. No matter what kind of soil we are planted in, we have to always remember that God is the Master Gardener. He lops off things that need to be pruned from our lives, He allows times of being dormant and He allows those times of great beauty and blooming.
But God calls us to be our best at all times. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the beauty of spring, my allergies give me a fit. Blooming where you are planted is taking the good with the bad. It is enjoying the beautiful flowers while blowing my nose for the fortieth time in a day.
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 (ESV)
I hope you will take time to enjoy all the beautiful things around you that are blooming this spring. I hope you will take time to give thanks to the Father who gives life to all things, and I certainly hope that whether you are dormant, blooming or wilting right now, you understand that God has you in the palm of His hand, and He is wearing His gardening gloves!
If every flower bloomed all year long, we would not appreciate Spring nearly as much! May God bless you all this summer, and may you bloom where you are planted!
I love you all,
Women of Compassion Council
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