Bloom Where You Are Planted
The old saying “bloom where you are planted” is a great reflection as we move forward on this Journey Toward Authenticity.
Where are you currently planted? Have you even thought about it before? Are you in a place where you can thrive and grow? Or does your environment leave you stagnant and wilted?
Plants Won’t Bloom Around Me.
Those who know me well will not give me plants or flowers for special occasions. I won’t get them for my birthday, my anniversary, not even for Valentines Day. Sounds harsh doesn’t it? But it’s because my friends and family know me well enough to know that those poor flowers will die a very brutal death if they come to my house. It’s true. I have the worst brown thumb in the world.
Don’t get me wrong. I love flowers and plants and the beauty they provide. It’s the consistent feeding and watering that gets me. I just forget to do it.
I tell this story often, but for good reason. Not long after I purchased my first home, I had a friend call me with the news that she had the perfect housewarming gift for me. One that would keep on giving long after I received it. To my surprise, it turned out to be a flowering tree she had in her backyard. I thought this was my redemption. Being an outside tree, it would be God’s job to take care of it, right?
Well, I’m embarrassed to tell you that this beautiful tree, one that had given my friend years of fragrant flowers, died before she could ever uproot it and give it to me.
I’m not kidding.
I swear the tree overheard that it was coming to my house and died in self-defense.
Yes, I am that bad.
Bloom Where You Are Planted.
For whatever reason, the tree in my story had quit blooming. Not only did it quit blooming, but it died before it had the chance to bloom in a new place. Maybe we tend to do the same thing. Although we know we need to bloom where we are planted right now, we either stop blooming or die altogether. As a result, we are ineffective for God and unable to fulfill our calling.
Therefore, as we evaluate the environment we find ourselves in, and despite any fears we may have of where we are going, we need to bloom!
Do you live in a high-rise in New York City? Bloom there. Do you live in the deepest, darkest jungles of Africa? You can bloom there too. I love this quote and pray it becomes our reality on this journey:
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom ~ Anais Nin
Life is messy. It takes turns and detours that can, and will, blind side us. We need to stop making excuses for not living our best life just because things haven’t turned out the way we thought they would. We can still bloom and flourish exactly where we are. So, take your eyes off of your disappointments and put them on our Savior.
Tomorrow we will talk about what it takes to bloom where you are planted, but today I want to remind us that the life we live, the authentic life that God has created us to live, is not about us. It’s about Him. May we take advantage of every opportunity we can to make His name known in the community He has placed us in.
1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
So my friend, look up and seek His face. Because He is worthy. Trust that He has your best interest at heart and that He has you exactly where you are supposed to be.
Now, go bloom where you are planted. 🙂
This is day six of the 31-Day Journey Toward Authenticity series! To see all the posts in the series, click HERE.