Blooming Where We’re Planted – In Spite Of The Mess

by | Mar 29, 2018 | Blooming Where We're Planted

Some days I’m just a mess.

So much so, I give myself plenty to chuckle at on a daily basis. Take for example yesterday. We live on a gravel road, and anyone who does, knows what a mess a gravel road can be. The outside of our cars are rarely ever clean, especially in the spring season, and when they are, I celebrate their cleanness for the few hours they are.

So, yesterday the mess of my car made contact with my clothing. The thing is, I didn’t know it. So, most of the day I walked around with a big smudge of dirt on my pants. It wasn’t realized until I arrived home and changed my clothes at the end of my work day. Everyone who saw me yesterday afternoon must have seen my mess!

Yes, some days can be a mess.

Some days we feel we don’t have it together. Some days we know we don’t! The mess reminds us we are far from perfect. It isn’t always easy blooming in spite of a mess, but we see how flowers do it. We see that even if the surface of the ground isn’t perfect, or pretty, or picked-up, plants poke through the ground anyway and find a way to bloom.

Blooming Where We're Planted - In Spite of the Mess

They bloom in spite of the mess.

You and I can too.

I would venture to guess you might find yourself in a mess every now and then, too. Maybe it’s something as simple as dirt-smudged pants or maybe it’s something bigger. Maybe your mess feels overwhelming and overpowering. But, you know? It’s been said to “make your mess your message.” What if you allowed whatever real thing you’re walking through to be an impacting and transforming message for others? What if you could use your current situation to bless and help another? Could you use it for God’s glory and the good of others?

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to bloom.

That’s a good thing, because if it had to be, I’d never bloom over here. And, you and I don’t have to be perfect either. (Whew!) Real life has real messes. Sometimes the most beautiful flowers are found pushing through a crack in the sidewalk or are blooming in all their glory among weeds and thorns. You and I can be the ones who bloom in the real lives we’re living. Who knows? Maybe someone else will be inspired to bloom through her mess because you and I are.

Friend, embrace your mess and keep blooming in spite of it!

Blessings in blooming!




We continue to journey through the series Blooming Where We’re Planted. Come back tomorrow… we’re discussing how to bloom without comparing ourselves! Have a bloom-filled day!

In the meantime, consider attending our next BYOB and B (Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage) event happening in Cedar Rapids on Monday, April 9. Details can be found here.

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  1. Tara

    I’m so glad that life doesn’t have to be perfect. Only God can be that, right?

    • Cindy

      Isn’t that the truth, Tara!

  2. Cindy

    Haha! I’m a mess more than not! Your post reminds me tho that flowers bloom better when they’re in the midst of a little manure! (Nothing much messier than that!) I agree whole heartedly with you, that we can use our messes to help others and we can gain reassurance and hope from the messes others share with us. When you think of what it takes for a seed or bulb to bloom, the odds are stacked against it; but in spite of it all they break through into the sunshine and we can do the same (because of the “Sonshine”) Thanks for your continued inspiration, Julie!

    • Julie Lefebure

      The Sonshine makes all the difference! Love that. Yes, I didn’t even think of manure… and we live on a farm! I’m thankful God pulls us through the mess to bloom for Him! Blessings to you as you bloom, Cindy!


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