Spring is on its way, isn’t it? Can you feel it? Are you as excited for spring as I am? As we look to spring our thoughts may turn to planting, and blossoms, and blooms, and the landscape of earth turning green and lush again. But the earth isn’t the only thing that can bloom in this season. It’s not the only thing that can grow and blossom right now. We can as well, and we are encouraged to. So, this is the subject of this week’s episode: How to Bloom Where You Are Planted. Hang with me here for the next short while as we discuss this and find some encouragement for our real lives right now.
Spring. What images come to your mind when you think of spring? Maybe green grass, blooming daffodils and tulips, buds on trees, a freshness in the air, and a time to resume outdoor activities (especially for those of us who have been cooped up all winter long here in the Midwest)? Earth comes to life in spring, and each year it does, I stand in awe of God’s marvelous creation.
I love spring.
Spring is a season of sowing, planting, and growing. Not only for the earth, but maybe it’s also a season of growth for ourselves. Stretching, sprouting, flowering, growing. Because we are encouraged to bloom, right where we are. In our real lives right now. Surprisingly, we don’t have to wait to bloom. No, you and I can bloom beautifully right where we are.
So, what does that even mean?
What does it mean to bloom where you are planted?
Some may think it means to make the most of your current situation. Kinda like making lemonade out of lemons.
Some may describe it as doing the right thing. Such as making good choices.
Others may think of it as becoming the person God designed you to be. Similarly, to maturing in your faith through grace.
And others may see it as a pathway to accepting who you are, right in this moment.
I don’t think any of these are incorrect. In fact, you may think of something entirely different.
When I think of blooming where I’m planted, I think of myself as a plant.
Or maybe a flower. My favorites in spring are tulips and daffodils. I think of God is my Master Gardener, and He’s got a rather large garden He cares for. I’m just a small flower in a big garden. Consequently, we discuss this in more detail and how this thinking pertains to us.
We look at supporting Bible verses. I also share a story about my son in how he bloomed and is blooming.
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Also, come back next week as we will continue in this discussion, part 2, of how to bloom where you are planted. We will discuss how comparing ourselves to others affects how we bloom, how to bloom when life isn’t easy, and what happens when we’ve been replanted. Stop in to be encouraged.
I am cheering you on, friend. Bloom right where God has you this week. God bless you.
Links in this episode:
Bloom definition on Dictionary.com
Bloom synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Psalm 139:13-14 NCV
2 Peter 1:5-7 MSG
2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 MSG
Isaiah 61:11 MSG
1 Corinthians 7:17 MSG
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