Bloom Where You’re Planted, Don’t Just Live

by GfG on May 6, 2014 · 5 comments

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Children aren’t the only people to have grand plans for life.  Sure, kiddos have sort of pie in the sky kind of dreams, but adults often have dreams too and they can sometimes be just as unrealistic.

I had a dream of having a Mercedez when I was a young girl.  That was a silly dream and it didn’t take me very long to see that.

I had a different dream and it was based in reality and hard work.

Paul was going to be the second in command at a boys’ home and camp for special needs kiddos.  Eventually he would take over the place after the director retired.  We would live there and raise our family, homeschooling in the grand state of Texas, in one of the most beautiful areas.  We would have our family and close friends there, grounded in a solid church as we grew in grace and truth, serving and ministering.

That dream was lovely.  It was God honoring.   It was happening.  It was Plan A.

Then God made it apparent that it wasn’t His plan.  We had to learn in a major way that he doesn’t have Plan Bs.  He has Plan A for us and we just have to submit to it, not attempting to force our Plan A, which could actually be in conflict with his.

As we prayed and studied and sought counsel, God’s continuation of His Plan A for us became clear.  It involved a move to New Mexico, which wasn’t anywhere in our Plan A.

To say that it was heart breaking and heart wrenching to lay down that dream and pick up another is a serious understatement.   I grieved during several stages.  I grieved as we left our beloved camp/ranch (first shift away from our Plan A) and then I grieved when we left our beloved town and state (the major shift and cut from our Plan A).  It was a painful transplant.

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As I adjusted to our new life, God firmly pressed on my heart that I needed to bloom where I was planted, not just survive the transplant.

Is this biblical?  Yes, it is.

“Rejoice in the Lord always” Philipians 4:4

 Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk.”  I Corinthians 7:17

“How blessed is the man……But his delight is in the law of the LordAnd in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season”  Psalm 1:1a, 2, 3

 “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” I Timothy 6:6

Sadly, I’ve noticed many Christians not blooming. It might not be apparent from the outside: they seem successful and doing well, but emotionally or spiritually they are not blooming.  Instead, they are pining.

Pining for a different place.

Pining for a different situation.

Pining for a different l… whatever.

I’ve seen Christians refuse the see the beauty of their transplant location, either physically, spiritually, or emotionally.

Don’t get me wrong, I sooooo understand loving a place more than the one you are currently living.  I really do.  I also understand that initial months of a big change are difficult  and that adjustment is required. I really do.

I don’t mean that I see Christians refusing to bloom immediately. I mean I see it as a kind of settled attitude.

I will admit that I love Kerrville, Texas with a fierce love and sure wish God’s Plan A had been for us to stay there, but…

I don’t want to fight the LORD’s plan.  I don’t want to be self focused, missing the beauty of God’s plan for me.  I don’t want my heart to be elsewhere, but with God’s heart.

That means I need to focus on His Will.

And that my heart needs to rejoice in it, not pine for a different one.

As Christians, we can serve and bless and be involved in all kinds of ministry in the Plan A, but our hearts can still be not lined up with God’s Will because we “look back like Lot’s wife”. When we do that, we lose the joy, the beauty, and I think the intimacy with our LORD for our Plan A.

There isn’t much more precious than intimacy with the LORD.  So…. I turn my heart towards His Plan A for me.  It takes less effort now than it did during our first year, but every once in awhile I have to grip my own heart and turn its eyes back to Christ.

So, bloom where you are planted, don’t just live there.

Joyfully serve the LORD wherever He leads you and you will be a beautiful witness to Him, a fragrant offering, a gorgeous flower blooming in glory.

Are you blooming where you are planted, not just physically, but emotionally AND spiritually?

Or is your heart pining for something other than God’s Plan A for you?

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