Bloom Where You Are Planted

In the first regular women’s ministry that I attended, our teacher often exhorted us with the phrase: Bloom Where You Are Planted. What I pick up from this is that you do not always get to choose the circumstances you find yourself in. But wherever the Lord allows you to be, wherever you are, do the best you can with what you have and be a testimony of God’s love, grace, and goodness.

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Muddy and acidic waters might be considered hostile conditions but in them, the water lily grows, lives, thrives, and blooms.  There may be conditions in your life right now which you do not like. But let’s pray for open eyes and hearts to see our lives from God’s eyes, to see our blessings and gifts that He has already given us that enable us to bloom and grow.  Like edelweiss.  When you surrender your life to the Master Gardener (God), He is able to make you grow.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow

May we remember how the Water Lily blooms!

God makes no mistakes. You can’t compare yourself to other people who are surrounded by conditions you prefer. You have a specific design; you were made for His glory right where you are.

Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Remember that you CAN bloom where you are!  How can  you give God glory when other people or your circumstances can be credited for your blooming? When your circumstances or other people can not be credited for how you are radiating His beauty, joy, and growth, God gets all the glory.  Would you accept that calling to bloom where you are planted?

Whatever your circumstances look like today, God’s plan and promise for you remains: to prosper you, to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Even in the face of oppression, God’s people can grow.  In Exodus Chapter 1, the new king who did not know Joseph (of the Technicolor Dreamcoat fame) became afraid that the Israelites would become more numerous and mightier than his own people, the Egyptians (similar to the places and occasions in history when political leaders were similarly afraid and began to oppress the Israelites).   The king appointed taskmasters to afflict them with hard labor. But God’s People continued to grow.

Exodus 1: 9 He said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. 10 Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.” 11 So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor…12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.

Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord and bloom where you are!

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

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