Bloom Where You’re Planted

Bloom where you're planted - bring on the heat!

Bloom where you’re planted and bring on the heat!

It’s October 3rd and the temperature is expected to get up to 100 degrees today.

Some of my friends have started a “pretend it’s fall” campaign and are posting pictures of  the delicious pumpkin bread they’re baking.  Many of us are longing for a break from the heat, for the return of beautiful autumn colors, for the comforting feel of autumn sweaters, for the smoky smell of fires in the fireplace, and for crisp, cool nights.

It certainly doesn’t feel like autumn, but the calendar tells me it is.

This reminds me of the zinnia (above) that grew up in my backyard this summer.  I did not plant it.  It grew up as a “volunteer” and has thrived, with very little care from me.  This zinnia didn’t wait until it had the perfect conditions to grow and blossom.  It just grew up right where it found itself – in the middle of our un-landscaped backyard, in hard-packed earth, at the edge of our back patio.

This bright orange zinnia has been a reminder to me this summer that I can’t wait for perfect conditions to grow and blossom.  I can’t wait till the temperature is to my liking, till the people around me are welcoming and encouraging, till I feel comfortable and ready for a new adventure.

Yes, it’s going to be hot today – but that won’t keep me from blooming where I’m planted.

Yes, there are conditions in my life that are not perfect right now – but God tells me to keep moving forward.

Yes, there are obstacles (at least from my limited perspective) that tell me to give up or take a less difficult path – but God says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So bring on the heat!  I’ve got a great big God who is in control of the weather – and my life!


22 Comments

  1. Pam Burns

    Linda,

    Thank you for reminding me…not to wait for the perfect conditions and that God is in control! Your words are very inspiring and encouraging and so timely for me right now!

    Blessings to you!

  2. Hi Pam,

    So glad this post lifted your spirits. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that God is in control – and that we don’t have to wait to do the things He’s already told us to do. May you find the joy and courage to move ahead.

    Blessings back to you!

  3. Linda,
    Your word give me hope, and the picture is amazing. So much to the metaphor…

    • Linda Sommerville

      Thanks, Janet, for stopping by. I agree – the pic provides a rich metaphor.

      I’ve missed hearing reading your words of wisdom in your blog with the busy pace in my life recently – but I’m looking forward to stopping by your site again and being encouraged. blessings, my friend!

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