Friday, June 24, 2011

Bloom Where You are Planted


I saw this petunia growing in the crack of the sidewalk last night as I was walking and I just felt prompted to take a picture of it.  This little flower has some lessons to teach us. 

First, we should bloom and grow where God has us right now.  It might not make sense to us why God wants us in this place, but we need to trust that He knows best.  Nothing happens by accident and God doesn't make mistakes.  No matter what our circumstances or surroundings, we are to stand firm and grow.. 

As I was looking at this flower, I wondered how it came to be growing in this spot.  Then I noticed that there were these same kind of flowers growing in planters several feet away from this flower.  Somehow the rain must have washed the seeds down the street and one of them came to rest in this place.  That reminds me of the verse one of my sweet friends mentioned last night.  Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  Ecclesiastes 11:1    We never know where the Gospel "seeds" we sow are going to end up.  That is why Paul says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

This flower seemed out of place in its setting.  It stood out because it was different.  We are supposed to stand out too.  The world should notice us because we are different from our surroundings.  We are to be that bright light in a dark world. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.  Matthew 5:16



Beholding Glory

20 comments:

  1. What a great reminder to bear fruit for God no matter our circumstances. I hope to bloom where I am placed.

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  2. I really needed this today. Its good to know that you are exactly where God put you... and you are there for a reason :) Thanks,

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  3. Beautiful reminder. I love coming across scenes like this in nature that remind us of truths like this! Have a great weekend, Lisa!

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  4. Sometimes we are so caught up in doing something for the Lord in some other place, when all He really wants is for us to cultivate where we are!

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  5. This photo is so cool and a great reminder. I even was thinking how we are called to bloom even in the cracks of life. enjoyed discovering your blog and will be back.

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  6. It reminds me of the song, "There's a great story behind the song. The writer gave up her dreams of spreading the gospel to care for her father. Out of her disappointment God taught her she could shine for Him wherever He placed her.

    I love the pictures which so beautifully illustrates the post.

    Brightening my corner.
    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  7. Great photo and illustration. I want to bloom where God has me. He has called me to this place at this time 'for such a time as this.'

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  8. Lisa,

    First of all I love the new look of your blog, so warm and inviting.

    Second, I so needed to hear these words today, sometimes I can get so focused on my circumstances I forget that God put me in this season for a reason, that He intended for me to grow whatever season of life I am in. I am going to be more intentional starting right now to bloom where He has planted me.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

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  9. Hi Lisa, firstly, I like the new look of your blog, its calming! Secondly, I love this post. Especially the bit about we don't know what happens to the gospel seeds we sow. We must just continue sowing in faith. Great reminder to keep on keeping on.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  10. Thank you for this reminder. I so needed to hear it today, I was wondering why God has me where I am studying His Word and doing ministry homework. I just need to be still and focus on Him. Thank you so much.

    Deb

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  11. I really liked your post. We all need to bloom wherever God has us and let the world see us. Blessings to you.

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  12. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this picture and your thoughts. This is the first time we have linked to this party so hope you will come by for a visit. Blessings, Debbie

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  13. Wonderful post Lisa.

    I love it when God presents these lessons to us in our daily lives. Sometimes a simple situation such as this lone flower can hammer home an important truth He wants us to understand. :-)

    Have a Blessed Weekend!

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  14. The petunia does seem incongruent with its surroundings. But you caught it in the act of blooming where it was planted. Excellent lesson Lisa. Have a great weekend!

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  15. Beautiful post! Someone once told me that we should be missionaries where we live, work, and play. I try to teach this to my children and to let them know that as Christians that we SHOULD stand out, shinning His light.

    Thanks for the post and encouragement!

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  16. What a wonderful and truthful post Lisa. Yes, let us all stand out and be different. May we all live life to glorify God.
    God bless,
    Ken

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  17. Hi Lisa! This is beautiful Very timely word for me.

    Thank you for posting. I'll be repeating it over and over to myself today. "Bloom where you're planted..."

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  18. Beautiful post. I like what you said here "No matter what our circumstances or surroundings, we are to stand firm and grow."

    How many times do we stand there complaining about our circumstances or arguing with God, instead of submitting and trusting? Can we really grow without being stretched a little first?

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  19. Thank you for such great encouragement. I have been thinking about that verse for quite awhile.

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  20. Can't tell you how this spoke magnitudes to me...right now...right in the circumstance I am facing. Just found out our good friends are moving to Pastor. Yet, here we remain. Your post was a reminder of the need...to bloom where we are planted...we never know what God may bless. Thanks ~ Jen

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