“Bloom where you are planted.”
I’ve been hearing this phrase everywhere lately. So naturally, it’s got me thinking.
I feel like I need to confess that my first thought on this phrase isn’t very spiritual or wise or deep. Every time I hear it, I picture a person literally planted in the soil with a little green sprout popping out of his head. My brain is so silly.
But there actually is some good truth in this phrase (once I get beyond my literal brain). Let’s delve into it a little, shall we?
Part 1: “Where you are planted…”
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
God has determined where I will live and for how long. He actually cares about where I am (geographically speaking) and what I do there. He knew that I would come to Maine and live here for as long as I have. My 1-year-turned-8-years didn’t surprise Him. In fact, it was even part of His plan.
So God has planted me in a specific location for a specific time and for a specific purpose (even I don’t know those specifics).
[And by the way, God planted you in a specific location for a specific time and for a specific purpose. It’s worth remembering.]
Part 2: “Bloom…”
He [the man who delights in the law of the Lord] is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
If I plant myself in God’s Word, I will yield good fruit. With the Lord at work in my life and heart, I will grow and flourish. I will be productive. I will bloom.
And it may not always look like what I expect. It may not be blooming according to the World’s standards. It may not look like the American Dream and a house of my own and 401Ks. But it will be fruitful for the Kingdom, which is even better than all those quick-to-fade things.
I do want this phrase to be true in my life. I don’t want to wait until I’m “settled” somewhere or until I’ve got it more together or until I can know some of the specifics of my planting and my blooming. I want to bloom now…where I am planted now. But more than anything, I want to be rooted in God.
With my roots deep in you, I’ll grow the branch that bears the fruit
And though I’m small, I’ll still be standing in the storm
‘Cause I am planted by the river, by your streams of living water
And I’ll grow up strong and beautiful, all for your splendor, Lord
“For Your Splendor” by Christy Nockels
(Love love love this song!)