Bloom Where You Are Planted

I love flowers! I mean… I LOVE flowers. I really love them now that I take singulair too. My favorite flower is the African violet. I’m not so sure it is a flower as much as it is a plant that has flower blossoms…(again not really sure, I’m no horticulturist), but it is beautiful and unique. It has soft, fuzzy leaves like the lambs ear plant we loved to touch as kids, but it has vibrant purple blooms.

I have never been great at keeping any type of plant alive. As much as I love flowers, I am not crazy enough to start a garden. I would be setting myself up for failure. Although I clearly don’t have a green thumb, I have had an African violet and it taught me a little life lesson.

Gardners must take special care to provide each type of plant with exactly the right amount of everything they need. For example, the African violet needs carefully monitored sunlight or it can get sunburned. Yes sunburned. And you can’t just poor water on it either. The best way to water it is from the roots up by placing it in a another pot of water but only for 30 minutes. The water has to be room temperature and not too soft and not too chlorinated. When they have outgrown the pot they are in they are carefully moved from one pot to another. When properly cared for they will grow full, healthy, and beautiful.

This made me think of the saying made popular by Mary Englebreit, “Bloom where you are planted.” In order to bloom where you are planted you must have proper care and sustenance. God gives us exactly what we need when he plants us somewhere. And, when we have outgrown our “pots” so to speak he carefully moves us without doing damage to the progress He has made in us. Plants don’t move themselves. The gardener moves them. This is something I have a hard time remembering…

When I get anxious about the future, I anticipate a time to move, and it often doesn’t happen when or as I would expect. In the past, I tried to take things into my own hands and it always had some negative reprocussion; whether it was stalling longer in a season than I needed to or damaging relationships I ended up needing. But, just like the gardener tends to the needs of each and every individual plant in his garden, God tends to the needs of each and everyone of his children. He knows just what to give us and when it is time to gently move us from one season to another. If we allow God to be in control of our needs, our lives will continue to grow beautifuly and healthily into its fullest potential. So, take heart! As someone wise told me, “Remember that this is only a season.”

Fondue Life

If we are honest with ourselves, as much as we pretend we have it all together, we know we don’t.

I’m young and let’s be real I can be pretty dumb. I am strong willed and a little intense (seriously an anonymous description of me in college). But I am taught to show you my maturity, and intelligence. I am taught to show you that I am determined and passionate. But I think we forget that it takes real life trials to mature and often sharpen the dull areas of our lives. And, that “determination” and “passion” can be very unbecoming in the wrong situation. We seldom walk into life being excellent. It is a slow development. And if you’re like me, it feels like the slowest development.

I started this blog because I need somewhere to be myself. And quite frankly, sometimes I am a lot like fondue- cheesy, spicy, and occasionally messy. Some days my life is like a page out of The Notebook– one of the cheesiest of love stories. Other days my life is like accepting a friend’s dare to eat a hot pepper- it’s intense; not the greatest idea or experience at the time, but we can laugh about it later. And then there are the days that are just messy- the days we pretty much fail at life. The redeeming factor is that God’s grace has been and always will be enough to clean up my mess.

The neat thing is, like fondue, when you put cheesy, spicy, and messy together it’s actually pretty good. Likewise, this life I am blessed with is pretty good. It’s GREAT really!

So, if your life is cheesy, spicy, and a little messy (like mine) you are not alone! Don’t give up! I don’t know about you, but… I, for one, want to taste (and see) that the Lord and this life is still very good (Psalm 34:8).