Graduations are happening all around us. From Pre-K to Kindergarten, middle school, high school and college. If you are just hankering to attend a graduation, there are many to choose from in our area.
Saturday, I spoke at a women’s conference in Warner Robins on the topic of Bloom Where You Are Planted. Thinking about graduation, I think the topic can also apply to graduates as well as all of us.
The phrase, Bloom Where You are Planted, is one of those cutesy ones you might see on a pillow, a sign or in a meme. I had seen it many times but didn’t really think too hard about it until putting my talk together for the conference.
It might sound easy but it’s not. As a gardener, I know that the seed doesn’t automatically shoot through the dirt unless there has been preparation of the soil, then being fertilized and watered. For the seed to open it has to push against the dirt and make its way up to the light. Even once the seed is a plant, conditions like storms and winds must be endured for the plant to be strong.
When a plant begins to bloom, it fulfills the purpose for which it was created. A flower blooms and we enjoy the beauty and the smell. A vegetable plant blooms and produces food for us to eat. A fruit tree or vine blooms and offers us sweet fruit.
It’s the same with God’s children. When we bloom where we are planted we begin to yield fruit that comes from loyalty and faithfulness to God. In return God provides a way for the fruit to be displayed through the gifts and talents for which He enables all of us.
None of us are here by accident. God has placed each of us in the place He wants us to be for a reason and we should be using that which He has given us to fulfill His plants. Just like when you plant something in the ground it grows where you planted it. When a gardener plants that seed, they have a purpose for it, either for beauty or food. It’s the same for human.
Our life given by God has a purpose to bear fruit for others, to contribute something good for others. God’s plan is perfectly done and we are meant to grow where He plants us.
We tend to want more and more and lose sight of contentment. Even in those storms and those times we feel as it we have been buried instead of planted, we can be content and bloom.
When God plants you, He waters it along the way and He will equip you with the tools to bloom.
Bloom is a verb – an action word. That implies you have to be intentional about blooming. We can’t think that if God would just put me in better soil I would bloom. When you plant something, it is intentional. God has been intentional in planting you were you are right now. We have to keep our eyes on the prize. There may come a time when He decides to move us somewhere else and when that happens we must continue to bloom. We have to beware of developing a destination addiction or preoccupation with the idea that we could bloom in the next place, the next job or with the next partner. Until you give up that notion, you will never bloom where you are.
Have you ever noticed that a flower seed will bloom even through a crack in the concrete or even in the midst of thorns or weeds? The flower is not thinking about how awful the surroundings are or how tough it is or lonely it may be. It doesn’t think about competing with another flower or that it is different from the other flowers around it. It just blooms. And we can bloom even in the midst of chaos.
How do we bloom where we are planted?
- Be planted deep in the word of God. God is the Master Gardener and He tills the soil and plants us where He wants us. You can’t really know Him if you don’t read His word.
- Be watered by God’s grace and mercy and forgiveness. Flowers bloom more vibrantly when they have plenty of moisture. God sometimes sends rain, not to drown us but as a catalyst for growth.
- Get plenty of Sonshine! When the sun is shining, flowers seem to be facing toward the sun basking in every ray. We must be in the right posture to receive Him, no matter where we are planted.
- When struggling to bloom ask for help. Sometimes plants struggle and the gardener might have to till the soil some or add more fertilizer or water. During those times people are having a hard time blooming, we need to help each other. Anyone can pray. So be ready to pray for others and willing to help them bloom and be bold in your prayers. There’s unbelievable power when Christians stand united in prayer. Even if you don’t know what to say God knows your heart. Always be ready to stand in the gap with others to help them bloom.
We are called to bloom where we are planted as part of God’s garden, not our own. So I’m intentionally blooming where I’m planted in His garden, even when I had rather be somewhere else because I trust Him completely. Won’t you join me?
VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: email@example.com