“I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water. It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green; it has no worries when there is no rain; it keeps on bearing fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8
I am sure you have heard many different people talk about blooming where you are planted. Well today I am no exception. I have people always ask me what to do in tough situations or what do I think God’s will is for them. I feel it always comes back to the same thing; do what you can do now for God – bloom where you are planted!
God the Father is an amazing father; he never abandons His children (Joshua 1:5). However, when things fail to turn out as we have planned, we begin to question the Lord and His leading. But as His children we should not be led by our circumstances. We, because we know how to behave, should make the most of our circumstance while standing on the Word of God.
In Acts 27 we see the apostle Paul’s voyage to Rome. This journey was slow and difficult; the winds were blowing persistently finally the vessel landed in a place called lee in Crete. Paul warned the crew that they were going to be in great danger, however Paul’s advice was not followed. As a result, the storm-beaten vessel drifted aimlessly for fourteen whole days. Paul was saved by the narrowest margin as he swam ashore holding on to a piece of wreckage. He could have chosen at that moment to think God had completely forgotten about him, but he knew God had not.
Paul was not disheartened by this life-threatening struggle. As they were sailing on the rough seas, he urged his companions to take heart and assured them several times they would be kept safe according to the Lord. The three months stay on the island became very fruitful. As he had done before, Paul proclaimed the message of God and performed many miracles there (Acts 28:1-10).
In another occasion, Paul was imprisoned while he wrote to the Philippians. The hardships Paul faced did not alarm him. His goal was to preach the Gospel and he did not question his goal even though he had been arrested. He bloomed where he was planted and proclaimed the message of the Gospel to his captors (Philippians 1:12-14)!
We are to trust the Lord. We are not to be in despair when our plans fail or when our life abruptly changes direction. We are to know that God is in control as long as we allow Him to be. We are to stand on the promises He has already given to us; knowing He never let’s His words turn back to Him empty (Isaiah 55:11). Our responsibility is to trust Him no matter what it looks like and we are to be like Paul and make the most of the situation and bloom for God right where He has planted us.
What are you facing right now that has you feeling as if you are being tossed to and fro? Find the promise in the Word of God that He has already given you and stand on that promise! Then bloom right where God has you, it may feel like a pile of manure but we all know manure is only fertilizer, so bloom away!