I happened upon this lovely pink rose a week or so ago. It brought a smile to my heart. I have these pink rose bushes planted all around the edge of our deck. They get a fair bit of sun in the afternoon. Over the summer months, I have had to fight off vines that threatened to choke them, bugs that tried to destroy them, and weeds that wanted to overtake them. Through it all, they have persevered, and–dare I say it?–grown. Apparently, this one is growing even under the deck, where it is mostly dark. But, as we all know, most flowers, especially roses, must have light to grow. So this little one pushed through the darkness, saw the light through the cracks and headed for it! Here it is, nearly November. In some places, these roses would be long gone. But we’ve had some lovely, warm weather. Lots of rain, and now lots of sun, so they continue to show off their beauty.
You’ve surely heard the old phrase, “bloom where you are planted.” (The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is credited with the quote.) If we look at this quote literally, it’s probably pretty meaningless. Take the flowers, for instance. If I planted roses in a dark place where there was no hope of water, there is no way these plants would bloom. In fact, they would most likely die. So planting these flowers without some necessary ingredients is pointless. They surely won’t bloom where they’re planted.
But if we look at this phrase through God’s eyes, as if He is our Planter (and He is!), this whole “bloom where you’re planted” phrase looks far different. Might God plant you in a place where you think you won’t grow? *sigh* Maybe. Will there always be perfect conditions where you’re planted? Ummm. Nope. Will there be someone to take care of you? Water you? Give you food? Keep the bugs and the weeds away? Maybe. Maybe not. So how do you bloom? I just have one answer to that question: Keep your eyes on the Planter. He will provide every spiritual need that you have. And that’s what counts. Hard words to hear sometimes when you’re not planted where you want to be, or planted where you never wanted to be. Remember, though, God is always with you. He made you into the flower that you are today, and will keep giving you everything you need to become the flower that He wants you to be tomorrow.
The amazing thing about flowers? No, it’s not that they’re beautiful, although they certainly are. Some flowers are kind of homely, actually; so much so that you have to admit there’s a “beauty somewhere within.” The amazing thing about flowers is that they eventually die. Oh, they may not be pretty at that point, but they have something very valuable to offer. Seeds. To start the blooming cycle again. You never know where those seeds may end up, either. They might begin to sprout right next to the plant they grew from. Or, they may be carried away by animals or birds and begin to grow far away. Either way, they are destined to become something beautiful for others, as they seek and are filled with the Light.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14”
I thank God for His love and tender care for each of you, my friends. You are His beautiful flower! Bloom! Keep on pushing up through the cracks towards the Son!
God has placed you here for a purpose,
Whatever it might be;
Know He has chosen you for it
And labor faithfully. —Anon.
*Special thanks to Mary-Elizabeth Anne, who first noticed the flower, and suggested this topic.