Another great statement I have heard is to “Bloom where you are planted.” Where are you? Do you have a positive attitude about the home you are in, the family you are a part of, the workplace or school you attend daily? We are in charge of our attitude towards where we are. Our thoughts impact our feelings and actions, therefore we need to be intentional about having our focus in the right place. If our current situation is less than our ideal, we can make the choice to wait expectantly for a “new place”. In our waiting we need to trust God and seek His help daily, and sometimes minute-to-minute. It’s also possible we are in a great place at this time of our lives and are blooming as He intended. We are letting the fruit of the Holy Spirit flow in and through us as given in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
What do you need to Bloom? Soil, fertilizer, sun and water; and how deep are your roots? Colossians 2:7 “Have your roots planted deep in Christ, grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. “ Once we are planted, we need nourishment which will come from time with the Son. As we grow, we also need the fellowship of others, the truth from God’s word and the opportunity to shine.
Our Blooming brings beauty and encouragement to those around us. We do not even know, as flowers do not know, how many people are observing our blooms. Our responsibility is to use the gifts and talents God has given us, blooming where we are, and let Him take care of the rest. Even when you have a challenge where you are, you can embrace the newness of the day and shine. Shine in your attitude, in your care for others, and in your acceptance of your place; which, although it may be tough, is not unknown to God. As Romans 3:38-39 tell us, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Further strength comes from the writer of Hebrews who says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…. So that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
So, bloom where you are planted and remember to get the nourishment you need. Take note also that flowers do not show their outward bloom all of the time; some of their growing time is invisible to others. Be careful of having too high of expectations of yourself, or feeling like a failure because your blooming is unseen. I have not thought of that before so I will encourage myself to be careful of this for my own life as well as observing how others are “blooming.” Sometimes the growing takes place where others cannot see, and at the right time, God’s time, blooming will appear.