Bloom Where You Are Planted

Words by: Danae F. Sommers

The earth is starting to burst forth in color with all the spring beauty! Isn’t it exciting and refreshing to see that first daffodil or maybe even that little yellow dandelion?! Spring flowers have a way of bringing
cheer to this world.

Let’s take a moment to consider all the many different kinds of
flowers that God has blessed us with. There are Roses, Daisies, Peonies,
Tulips, Sunflowers, Zinnias, Poppys, and the list goes on! All of these are
different in color, require different care, and benefit us in all different ways.
All of these flowers were created by our heavenly Father, to bring beauty to
this earth.

Imagine yourself as one of those beautiful flowers. God has planted
you. Are you blooming for Him?

The common phrase, “Bloom where you are planted” can be
extremely hard to actually live out. Have you ever questioned why God has
allowed a certain happening to take place? Why is life so hard? Others seem
to have such an easy, normal life, and I’m stuck here, among all the rocks
and thorns!

A quote that I saw on a church sign: “Sometimes when you are in a
dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you have actually been
planted.” Remember, there is always a reason for what God allows to come
our way! It is alright to have a “Winter” in our Christian lives, as long as we
don’t stay there. Lift your “drooping” head and reach out to the Son! He will
fill you with his love. Just as a flower needs sunshine and water to live, we
need Jesus to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Are we reaching out to
Jesus each day in prayer and Bible reading? As we are faced with unpleasant
circumstances, it’s important to use that time to dig our roots deeper into
God’s word.

Are you experiencing growth in your Christian life? If not, take time
to consider what could be hindering your growth. When you plant a flower
seed, you eagerly await the day that the tiny little seedling pops through the
ground. As you continue to water and give it light, it keeps growing. But
sometimes there are those annoying weeds that start choking out the new
plant. Do we make an effort to “weed” out any known sin in our lives?

Sometimes it can seem so small and not a big deal, but just as weeds, sin
will take over before we know it. “Search me, Oh God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” -Psalms 139:23-24

Contentment is an important part in being able to “Bloom where you
are planted”. As soon as we start looking around and noticing how much
better others have life, we start taking our eyes off of God. Try writing a list
of “Blessings from God” and soon you will realize how much you had taken
for granted! Take joy in knowing that God has a reason for where you are
planted, the people you are surrounded with, and the circumstances you are
currently in. Paul says in the Bible, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I
have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” –
Phililppians 4:11

Flowers are used for all different purposes. Some are used for
medicinal reasons, others can be used for food, and some are just there so
you can have fun making a gorgeous bouquet for your table. We all have
different callings to fulfill. God might send you across the sea, or call you to
be an encourager right there in your hometown. Whatever God has for you,
do it with joy and pleasure. Find ways to reach out and be a blessing to
others. Let the beauty of Jesus shine through you.

What are practical ways that we can “Bloom”? I have five ways listed
below, but of course it’s not limited to only these.

    Trust God, and accept where you are.
    Utilize your gifts/talents and be a blessing to others around you.
    Get out of your comfort zone, and draw closer to God.
    When others succeed, you succeed.
    Don’t hang out with, what robs your joy.

Dear “Flowers”,
YOU are BEAUTIFUL! Spread some cheer to this dark world!
Remember, it is GOD that planted YOU!

Wow, this is such a good reminder. Sometimes, because we do not look like others we think we are worthless but this is so not true! Each of us has special talents and a job to do in this world. May we all “Bloom were we are planted.”

Thank you Miss Danae for being willing to write for us! We are so grateful for your friendship and for the blessing you are. May Jesus continue to bless you with wisdom as you care for your family and all the people around you.

Published by Pursuing Our Purpose

Welcome! We are two sets of sisters that are best friends; longing to live the purpose and design that God has specially planned for every one of us. We would love to have you come along with us as we learn what it looks like to be a true woman glowing with an inward beauty that comes from our Heavenly Father.

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