BLOOM BABY, BLOOM!
Have you ever found yourself in a terrible circumstance? Maybe it’s a major life tragedy or perhaps it’s just part of everyday life, but we can easily feel like we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what if that’s exactly where you will find your purpose or calling? You may just find the wrong place was the exact right place for you to find your purpose and BLOOM!
Come and find out how this one little flower inspired me to keep striving when I felt like giving up.
Up from the ashes, grow the roses of success…
Recently, I walked outside to put a sprinkler in my front yard (because my life’s glamorous like that) and caught sight of a vine-like thing coming from a fork in one of the big old elm trees that grow there. Upon closer inspection, I could see it was a tiny variety of a sunflower.
Elm trees don’t flower. The seed pod had either been blown through the air and landed in the crook of the tree trunk or it had been dropped or possibly even pooped out by a bird.
Once it was dropped there, it obviously took root in the dead bugs, decaying leaves, moss and dirt matter that collects in the fork of the tree.
Anyone else hearing that song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? “Up from the ashes grow the rose of success.”
Have You Been Chewed Up and Pooped Out?
Isn’t this a life analogy? Life can chew us up and poop us out and often times we’re left somewhere we never intended to be. We find ourselves alone and out of place either as a consequence of our own choices or by the decisions someone else made.
But, before we look for a way out of the muck, we might want to take some time to see the beauty that might grow out of our current, albeit stinky situation. God can use any medium or location to grow us. And if we allow Him to use us there, we are never in the wrong place at the wrong time.
When The Wrong Place Becomes Your Place to Shine
Do you remember a lady named Ashley Smith who in 2006 came home to find an escaped convict, who had already killed four people in his escape, hiding in her home? She was held hostage at gunpoint for nearly nine hours. Surely nothing beautiful would bloom there in what had to be the worst time of her life. But, instead of plotting her escape or shrinking back in face of fear, she allowed God to use her as she read to him from the book, A Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren.
When the abductor released her unharmed, he called her “God’s angel, placed there by God himself.” One secular magazine article called the event, “An encounter with God.”
None of Us Want It, but “It” Happens
- Do you feel intimidated in your career field?
- Have you changed your life for a job or a relationship that has fallen apart and now you’re alone in a new place?
- Are you trying to find yourself because your child has left for college?
- Perhaps you’re in a toxic relationship(s).
- Are you or someone you love facing a terminal illness?
- Have you lost your job and are currently underpaid or underemployed?
- Has God called you to to do something you’re afraid to do?
- Did you lose your spouse?
- Are you an empty-nester coming to terms with this new season of life?
- Is your marriage relationship no what you hoped it would be?
- Do you feel insignificant some area of your life?
Note: Please understand, if you are in a dangerous or abusive relationship, I DO NOT believe we are intended to stay there! Reach out for help and get to a safe place!
Encountering God in Your Mess
There are all sorts of scenarios that could leave us in dire situations feeling alone and rejected.
But like this little flower, we can bloom wherever we are “dropped”. Remember, she didn’t wake up in her own beautiful bed but in a dark place full of death and decay.
As morbid as it may sound, the most beautiful things can grow out of death and despair. The depth of our experiences can cultivate a soil rich enough for our personal growth.
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When you’re out of your element, your potential to make a unique impact on someone is actually enlarged.Paula, dimples on my WHAT?
Do you see yourself in her Bloom?
This lone little sunflower might look lost and insignificant against the enormity of the tree. But look closer, her beauty stands out and is unlike anything around her.
Now, put yourself in her place. When you’re out of your element, your potential to make a unique impact on someone is actually enlarged.
Like her, have you started to droop a little under the pressure? You’re resilient! When you dig deep, you can find the strength to get back up and reach for the sky. You have a purpose there, whether it’s long term or for a short season.
A Sunflower’s Message to Me (and I don’t think it makes me crazy)
I saw this little flower on a day I felt particularly out of place in this crazy wonderful (and sometimes soul-crushing) world of blogging and social media. I felt small and alone; a little fish in the ginormous sea of cool, popular fish, or at least the ones who know how to work it. I felt lost.
I had been praying that God would show me the way and give me direction. And I saw His answer in a little flower growing in the wrong place.
I don’t know exactly what that purpose is just yet, but I’ll continue to try, right here in a world that seems foreign to me, and see which thing takes root and grows the best. Maybe I’m small potatoes and different from the rest, but I can bloom and impact someone just the same.
Bloom to Be a Blessing -YES, YOU!
Just look at this beauty. She may not have been anything special blooming with her kind, but out here on her own, it’s her very uniqueness bringing glory to her Creator! She was planted there to be a blessing!
And she fulfilled her purpose. All alone, she was in the exact right place at the exact right time to encourage me and you and inspire this devotion.
…the purpose of your placement could be BIG.
So this single flower, sitting out of place in one tree in a very small town in the Midwest could have far-reaching effects. Like this sunny faced flower, the purpose of your placement could be BIG. And you too can bloom wherever you find yourself today!
Be blessed Beautiful,
In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 NIV
My Prayer for YOU today:
Lord, be with my friend in whatever circumstances she finds herself in. Whether she’s experiencing a spiritual or personal quandary, a foreign situation, or simply feels lost and alone, let her walk in perfect peace, having the knowledge that as long as she is rooted in the rich soul of your love, she is not in the wrong place. She is your beautiful and resilient daughter, who you love. Allow her to see the potential she has to be a blessing to others and glorify you in all she does. I thank you for providing her everything she needs to BLOOM.
Psalm 80:8-11 (NIV)
8 You transplanted a vine from Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
9 You cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[a]
its shoots as far as the River.[b]
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