Many people have witnessed a plant growing in the middle of a cement sidewalk or noted a flower springing forth from the middle of a concrete wall. At the side of my driveway and up against the cement wall of my neighbor’s foundation, a small purple little flower demonstrates the possibility of growth under the most difficult of circumstances. The picture above is of that pretty flower that blooms.
God expects his people to bloom wherever they are planted.
In Philippians 1:12-14, the Bible tells the story of how Paul bloomed while he was in prison. He realized that his current situation was not as important as what he did with the time he had. Paul was facing release or execution. He befriended the Roman soldiers and wrote letters encouraging Christians who were afraid. Like Paul, we all must look for ways to bloom even when our movement is limited by law and could be dangerous to ourselves and others.
Here is the scripture:
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
The Bible is filled with stories of hope. Hannah. Mary. Ruth. Esther. Elizabeth. Rachel. Hagar. Martha. Rebekah. And many other stories of hope…
These women bloomed.
Once a plant blooms, it is thriving and flourishing and produces fruit; and once the fruit is produced, a seed develops, which ultimately produces a harvest. We are witness to the countless people producing, like those who are sewing masks. And everyday people who serve as essential workers in healthcare, grocery stores, delivery, truckers, public transportation, assisted living and nursing homes, EMTs, our National Guard and law enforcement, and all of the people cleaning in stores and healthcare facilities. And parents. And teachers.
A person can bloom wherever they have been planted just by helping others, which shows the love of God, and also when using one’s gifts and talents that God has given them. People of faith must bloom wherever they are planted.
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3 responses to “We Can Bloom, Even Between a Rock and a Hard Place”
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This is an excellent post. I’ve seen many flowers growing where I never thought it was possible. Now, when I see them, I will think of God’s desire for us to bloom wherever we are planted. I’ve enjoyed this Lenten Blog. I usually read it first as I like to start my day with a positive, spiritual reflection. Thank you for organizing it.
Loved this reflection so much! Just as flowers need water, sun, oxygen, and time to bloom, so we do as humans. These hard times are calling for us to give us time to bloom naturally wherever we are rooted now, without pushing ourselves to do or behave in a certain way but rather let this process or growth take place. Greetings from Argentina