Bloom Where You Are Planted!
I was leafing through a gift magazine, when I came upon a picture of a doormat that was colorfully decorated with bright flowers, and said, "Bloom where you are planted." A silly little saying that packs a big message. It is the essence of contentment. Phil.1:16 -I have learned to be content in whatever state I am.
We are such a discontented being, are we not? We are called to be in Him and be an image of Him, yet we murmur about what we don't have or where we can't be. We are subject to boredom, depression, day dreaming, yearning for that which is out of reach. We get tired of the same old, humdrum, day in and day out, routine of our life. We grow weary of our jobs, whether it be in the work place, or in the home. We want that better looking car, a new home, a better, faster, computer, and the big " I feel so unappreciated." In the middle age years we let our eyes and thoughts wander to that younger, more exciting person. We shrink at illness and pain and want to hurry through it to healthyland. Young mothers long for more stimulating times. Old folks want their youth back. Young girls want to look older, more sophisticated, and older women want to look younger, firmer slimmer. Men want to be muscular and have their hair on their heads instead of in their ears.Heb.13:5- be content with such things as you have.
But, as God's people we are called to be content and to bloom for His glory right where we are. He has a purpose for the times and events in our life, whether planted in a beautiful garden or sprouting up on the dusty road side. There are things we must accomplish and people we must touch, no matter how humdrum it seems to us. There is a purpose for the seemingly dry times in our life, whether it is a day or two, or years. Sometimes these dry spells are for our growth, and God teaches us patience and long suffering. They may test us to see if in our human ways, we will run ahead of God to make things happen.
And, how many times when our life gets so hectic, we wish for those dull times again? So when those quiet lulls come our way we might do well to appreciate the reprieve.
But, the bigger question is, how can we do God's work if we are always looking over the fence-as the saying goes-at greener grass? When our minds and heart are not committed to here and now, this thing, this trial, this purpose, how can we be focused on God's will? We know He has a purpose for all things, even the mundane. So, as His children within His purpose we must reign our thoughts, hearts and own wills back to this moment and this thing.
I Tim. 6:6 - godliness with contentment is great gain.
We have a greater purpose than to serve ourself. We have a higher calling. It may be to be content with years and years with little ones at our feet. To shine and bloom as God's rose before them. It may be to grow old gracefully-to ministry with our testimony to the younger children of God. It may be to persevere through illness. It may be to be happy with what we have and where we are, because that is where true contentment is.
I once knew of a woman-by word of mouth-that had such an amazing testimony, she put others to shame. She was a pastor's wife and and the first thing you would noticed upon walking into her home was how gracious, happy and content she was. She entertained visitors in a royal manner. The next thing you would noticed is that in her kitchen-in the home provided by the meager finances of a tiny, poor church- was that her kitchen floor was dirt! During the rainy spells, they layed planks across the dirt to keep out of the mud when walking from the stove to the table. But, she consistantly expressed her thankfulness for God's provision.
Now, that certainly is an extreme example, but none-the-less, it can be done. Contentment can be found no matter where you are or what is going on. There is no greater gift to our life than this!
Our purpose is to bloom for His glory. Whether we are seen by many or just a few, we bloom, we shine, for Him. Our color and beauty is no greater planted in a garden, and it is no less spectacular reaching up to the Sonshine through thorny thistle in barren land.
Luke 12:31- seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.
2 Pet. 3:18 - grow in grace.
1 Pet.3:11 seek peace and pursue it.
Is.26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.
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