Bloom Where You’re Planted…

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…Or in the case of this photo, where you’ve been placed after being cut off from everything you have ever called home.

Bloom where you’re planted is not a Bible quote, but it is certainly at the heart of these instructions penned by the prophet Jeremiah: The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from JerusalemBuild homes and plan to stay; plant vineyards, for you will be there many years. Marry and have children, and then find mates for them and have many grandchildren. Multiply! Don’t dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of Babylon. Pray for her, for if Babylon has peace, so will you. (Jeremiah 29:4-7 Living Bible)

God recently called me to leave my home of almost 40 years and begin building a new life 2,000 miles away.  The rebuilding is difficult at the same time that it is an astounding blessing. Every day calls for dependence upon the Father instead of on the network of friends and the structure of routine that was left behind.

There are three things I try to remember when I behold the beauty of blooming flowers. First, they are abloom. Regardless of weather or weeds, insects or critters, these plants managed to bloom and grace the world around them. As humans, it is up to us to decide to bloom, otherwise we are doomed.

Second, they were planted. Either by mankind in yards and gardens, or by nature via birds, squirrels, wind, etc. As humans,we must not forget that we are very deliberately planted upon this earth to be servants of our Heavenly Father. We have a divine purpose and if we are to fulfill it and bloom, we cannot allow the creation around us to distract us from the Creator of it all.

Finally, I notice where the flowers are blooming. Beside a stream, along a fence line, wild amidst rubbish. Wherever the planting is, that is where the blooming is. We cannot strive to bloom in a more desirable location while ignoring the neighborhood in which we are planted. Where we are planted is out of our control. However, when we are following the call of God, we may rest assured that His selection of our planting grounds is absolutely perfect.

So bloom, right here, right now, for His Glory.


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