I walked along the east side of our home yesterday, and I got a bit excited about what I saw. The crocuses and the daffodils Mom and I planted next to our home years ago have popped through the ground. Green leaves, three or four inches tall, stood waiting to bloom with color.
I followed the sidewalk to the flowerbeds on the north side of our home, but no green could be found. Anywhere. Only brown dirt and dried remnants of last year’s flowers were present. Daffodil or crocus sproutings were no where to be seen.
Those flowers on the east side of our home always bloom much earlier than those on the north side. Every single year. Yes, location makes a difference, not to blooming flowers, but to us as well. Location matters in how fast, how much, how bright you and I bloom, too.
That may be one reason we bloom at different times and stages. Some of us bloom early, some of us bloom late. Now, I’m not just referring to when we are pre- or adolescents. I’m talking about blooming in life.
Take for example my son. Three years ago when he graduated from high school, while many of his buddies knew what direction they were headed in life, he had no clue. I remember hard conversations we had regarding his unknown future and the stress he experienced of having no direction.
So, he enrolled in our local community college. And, he soared. Not only did he find his passion, but doors began to open and his direction was found.
The classes my son enrolled in and the experiences he encountered, at that particular college, pointed him down a fulfilling and thrilling path. His location made the difference, and God used it to open his eyes to a bright future. He’s blooming brightly.
Thousands have a similar story. A being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time kind of story. Not a coincidence, but a perfect plan revealed at just the perfect time. And, blooming followed. Maybe this describes your experience. Maybe you’ve bloomed abundantly and you continue to bloom. Or, maybe your blooming hasn’t begun, and you wait ever so patiently.
No matter where you are in the blooming process, it’s okay. Give yourself permission that it’s okay. You’ll bloom when you’re supposed to.
Take a look at your location.
Are you on the east side or on the north side? You can bloom on either side. Are you positioned where God can grow you, strengthen you, and bloom you? One of my favorite verses describes just this.
And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. 1 Corinthians 7:17 MSG
Live, obey, love, and believe right where you are.
You don’t need to second-guess. If God wants to move you, He’ll let you know. For now, bloom right where you are.
Thanks for stopping in! Now it’s your turn… How are you blooming right where you are today?
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