A couple of years ago I was watching Facing The Giants and one of the characters kept saying , “Bloom where you’re planted.” I automatically began to think about how the Bible instructs us to be “fruitful”. I began to think about how God has placed us in the circumstances that we are in for a reason, and that we can choose to make the best of the situation we are in. We can’t always live the lives we dreamed of. It’s just not possible. Yet, I’m sure most of us have hopes and dreams that aren’t already realized and maybe, for whatever reason, they won’t be for years to come. But, this is my new mantra as I guide my life in a new, exciting direction. Sometimes all we need are a few words to spark something, to find motivation.
The word bloom is telling us that we need to bear fruit for the kingdom of God. What does it mean for a person, to bear fruit?
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” The Bible uses the phrase “bear fruit” to refer to the good works we should be performing as believers. When we blossom for Christ, we share the love of Jesus with all those around us.
We need to bloom where ever we are planted. Being content with our circumstances in life is sometimes difficult, but God has placed us right where he wants us to be. No one could have put this into better perspective than Paul did in Philippians chapter 4, verse 12 when he wrote, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” True contentment is found, not in having everything you want, but in not wanting to have everything.
Lastly and most impotantly, we need to bloom where we’re planted. We need to be rooted and grounded in God’s word. If we are not sure what the word says, Satan will lead us astray using every scheme and tactic he can come up with.
Psalm 1:2-3 says,” But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Sometimes we may not understand why we work where we work, live where we live, shop where we shop, eat where we eat, or worship where we worship. However, rest assured that God has strategically placed you in the precise location on this earth that He wanted you to be. Make the most of every opportunity to “bloom” in God’s garden.
Lord, when life is not what we planned it to be, walk with us. Help us to flourish and grow right where we are, because you are the Author of life. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.