With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bloom Where You Are Planted

A Post from John...

 When I first read this phrase, it struck me with the thought that the place where you and I find ourselves in this vast world has been ordained by God’s sovereign will. It may be in a major city with millions of people, or a very rural town with people few and far between. It may be in a different country with mountains all about or even in a flat, dry desert region. Countless possibilities. It’s where God has ‘planted’ us and His good intentions are for us to prosper and thrive where ever we find ourselves.

Now thinking back with me to what we learned in elementary school… once a plant is ‘planted’, it begins to grow and mature as it is fed and watered. In time, it begins to produce flower buds that will shortly ‘bloom’ and produce fruit, the very fruit that will contain the seeds that will produce more plants of its kind.

To me, this is a wonderful visual showing the goodness of God. His intentions are for us to not only be content wherever we find ourselves but also to help and encourage those around us. How do we find the desire, strength and ability to be a help to those we come in contact? How do we effectively encourage one another? The answers comes in the choice we make in the source of our ‘food and water’.

If we choose to ‘feed and drink’ on impurity, hatred, discord, jealousy, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy… the ugly things people do in this world… we will produce ‘bad fruit’. But if we are ‘feeding and drinking’ on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, we will produce ‘good fruit’.

The Vine and the Branches
John 15:1-5
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

So, BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED and with God's help, choose to produce ‘good fruit’, that you may help and encourage those that come into your path where ever you live.

Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.
Psalm 119:54

God has placed you here for a purpose,
Whatever it might be;
Know He has chosen you for it
And labor faithfully.

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Blogoratti said...

Such an insightful and delightful read about our life's purpose. Thanks for sharing and warm greetings to you.

Ann Thompson said...

Great thoughts on a favorite phrase

Laurie said...

No truer words have been said, for we are here for a purpose, God's purpose. I have sometimes wondered why I was born where and when I was, and how I came to the life I have now, yet, in my heart, I know it is the Father who placed me here for His purpose.Thank you, John, for your words of wisdom that bring glory to the Lord. To do as you wrote from His word, "But if we are ‘feeding and drinking’ on 'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,' we will produce ‘good fruit’." May we all, as His children, bloom where we are planted!

Lea said...

Great, inspiring post! I, too, love, love PicMonkey but I did not know how to do this and appreciate your sharing the "how to." Happy new week!

Maureen said...

John, this is beautiful! I've never seen anyone comment on the "food and water", yet that's so critical. This is a keeper.

Adrienne said...

Thank you, John, for this reminder. We are in a time of transition and it's easy to focus on what God may have planned for the next step and forget to bloom right here where He has us right now! I love reading your words here. I'm glad you've joined your sweet wife on the blog. What a blessing you are!


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