Bloom Where You’re Planted

“A seed only flourishes by staying in the ground in which it is sown. When you keep digging the seed up to check whether it is growing, it will never bear fruit. Think of yourself as a little seed planted in rich soil. All you have to do is stay there and trust that the soil contains everything you need to grow. This growth takes place even when you do not feel it” (Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love).

Sometimes, you end up in a place that’s not ideal. It’s easy to daydream about what it would be like to quit that job, move to another city, and start over. In fact, you can obsess over possible futures to the point where you miss out on what God is teaching you in the here and now.

The theme for you is to bloom where you’re planted, doing everything to prosper the place where you are until God moves you elsewhere. It helps to be thankful for what you have instead of complaining over what you’re missing out on or lacking.

You might find out that where you are is where you’re supposed to stay and it was you that needed adjusting. Or maybe you’re only called to endure for a season and when you’ve learned all your lessons God will move you to the next chapter of your life.

Either way, it’s better to be still and trust God than to try to move ahead of His plans for you (which is never wise and never works). Keep calm and bloom where you’re planted.

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