Bloom where you’re planted… These four words came to my mind on Wednesday. I’m always reminded of the stranger who told them to me some years ago when they come to mind. I was working in a pharmacy at the time; she in a doctor’s office. She told me how she’d been with that one doctor for 15 (or 17) years, but on starting the job, she had no idea it was where she’d be long term. But, she said, God had put her there, and “you’ve got to bloom where you’re planted.”
At that time, I was in a position I really didn’t want to be in, and her words made me think, which is what I hope they’ll do for you today.
Sometimes in life, we’ll find ourselves in positions, predicaments, or circumstances we’d rather not be in. For someone, it may be the longing for a child they’ve been unable to conceive. For someone else, it may be the longing for a good spouse that just won’t come along. For another, it may be the longing to go to college, but the funds aren’t there. For still another, it may be the longing for better circumstances, but things just won’t change. Whatever the case may be, it is hard to endure, and truthfully, the flesh may not want to endure. However, it is at those times that we must press into God and His Word (a good starting place would be Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), and decide to, in spite of what our feelings and flesh may be whispering, bloom where we’re planted.
I can very well understand that a situation may seem useless or impossible to us, but I can also attest to the truth that things aren’t always as they seem. For those of us who are in Christ, nothing that He puts in front of us, or allows us to go through, is useless or wasted (as I’ve learned).
In Romans 8:28, we are told that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. So, what that tells us is that even trying times, as difficult as they may be, are working for us; and therefore, we must make it a point to look at things from a godly perspective. Examples: No, you may not have the child you want, but you do have a whole lot of free time to serve God and His people (which will change greatly if or when that child arrives). No, you may not be married, but you do have a lot of free time to learn God’s Word and spread His message to the lost and hurting. No, you may not be in the best circumstances physically or financially, but this is the perfect time for you to grow in God, to learn of Him, and to see His promises (of joy and peace in Him) manifest.
All in all, sisters, we’ve got to be intentional about blooming within the situations we’ve be placed in. Like our biblical favorites who were put into trying circumstances (e.g., Joseph, Paul, the Hebrew Boys) and did not throw pity and why me parties, but instead used those times as growth opportunities, we must do the same. Will it be easy all the time? No. But the good news is, God never leaves us alone to handle things on our own. He is with us, and He is for us. All we have to do is fix our gaze upon Him to be kept in His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).
P.S. Here’s a song for you – click here to listen and be encouraged.