“Bloom where you are planted.” An old quote but still so relevant to today. What does it mean to me?
We are all planted into different gardens of life, and God wants us to bloom in the garden where He has planted us. It may be a garden full of the thistles of heartbreaking trials, but He offers to each of us the breath of life, and He longs to nourish us into radiant blossoms.
I read a refreshing article today in our local newspaper about a girl with downs syndrome who was voted as homecoming queen in Chester, SD. She blooms with her loving, bubbly spirit. What a blessing that others see past her limitations to the awesome gifts God has planted in her heart!
We all have limitations in some way, but God plants seeds of gifts in each of our hearts. Sometimes these gifts can be smothered with past pain and insecurity, but through God’s grace the seeds will sprout and grow and bloom.
While searching for the author of the above quote, I discovered the lyrics to an old song, and the last lines moved me – “Look at the gifts you have been given. Let them go free!” I am so ready to deny I have any gifts, but I am taking a journey into believing God has given gifts even to me, and He can and will nurture them with His love and mercy.
No matter who you are or where you dwell, each one of you has God-given gifts that He desires to flourish to His glory and the welfare of others. Will you search your heart and share how God is using the gifts He has given to you to bless others?