Our flower beds are beautiful this year. I was admiring them one day last week when I noticed a lone pink flower poking through one of our bushes in the rocks off to the side. Getting a closer look, I was surprised to behold exactly what it was. A beautiful poppy.
The seed it originated from came from my mother’s poppies from years ago. Our two young children at the time brought seeds home some from Grandma’s, and sprinkled them everywhere in our flower beds.
This poppy, despite the rocks covering its seed, the bushes overtaking its space, and the ten-or-so years that have passed, was blooming where it was planted.
I smiled at that precious-to-me flower, and thought,
“That’s what God wants us to do. He wants us to bloom where we’re planted.”
Our environment doesn’t have the power to keep us from blooming. You may work around or live near a bunch of “weeds,” but that doesn’t have to stop you from blooming.
The key is to not focus on the weeds, the bushes, the rocks.
Some spend all their time trying to pull up the weeds, or move the rocks. They try to fix everything around them. Try to make people do the right thing. Try to straighten others out. But we have no more power to change people than does that beautiful poppy. Only God can do that.
If somebody wants to be a weed, no matter what you or I do, they are going to be a weed. If we spend all our time and energy trying to change others, it’s going to keep you and me from blooming. From doing what God wants us to do.
You can bloom in the midst of those who are negative and critical. You can put a smile on your face, and be kind and friendly. You can keep a good attitude. You can shine brightly in spite of anything that is going on around you.
Just like the poppy, your job is to bloom.
And so is mine.
Bloom where we’re planted.
It may not be where you or I thought we’d be planted, but nonetheless, it’s where we are.
I always dreamed I’d be planted in a big city with a big home and a corporate job. But God had different plans. He planted me in the “country,” with a lovely, perfect-sized home for our family. He blessed me to care for my family, and with a local part-time job.
I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.
Will you join me in blooming right where you are?
I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels.
Have a beautiful day, my friend!
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