One popular phrase that I have heard in the past few years is “Bloom where you’re planted”. We’re not foliage, obviously, but the saying does bring up a good point. I’m no expert on gardening (the only thing that I tried to grow was a pumpkin in kindergarten that ended up as big as me by Halloween), but I do know that certain soil provides the best growth for whatever you’re trying to grow. If we look at this from a Biblical standpoint, we see the connection that God’s Word is the soil that we need to be planted in to grow, and we will bloom from the nourishment of a relationship with Christ. A flower will not grow properly without the soil’s gracious sacrifice. We know this is true from centuries of agriculture, and Christians see this in their lives when they accept the gift of salvation given by the Living Soil. It is a continual process; crops must be receiving nutrients from the ground more than just the initial seed-spreading. So it is with our walk with God. We must continually be seeking growth through Him by desiring to be in His Word and learning by His example. As nourishment from the soil is just as refreshing to the plant each time it receives its live-giving gift, so should our attitude be when we go deeper in our walk with Christ, never forgetting the extreme privilege and grace of the Gospel.
Bloom where you’re planted also draws our attention to the importance of geography in relation to the success of the crop. Some trees grow best in Hawaiian soil, some in Florida, and some in Africa. If you inserted Tree X, native to South America, in the heart of China, Tree X will not grow like it did in its homeland. What does this say about us? It reminds us that we are individuals, and God has called us to specific desires and places for a reason! My passions and where I am in my life are different than yours, and God says, “Hey, that’s great! There’s nowhere that My nourishing soil won’t reach!” This should be refreshing, because it shows that God wants His followers everywhere. God will be with us, regardless of whatever and wherever He wants us. God’s not confined to a church building or a career with the word “ministry” in it. Blooming where you are planted suggests that the soil is already present, and that you, the product of the richness of the soil, must take advantage of this greatness.
So, bloom wherever you are, with whatever God wants you to do. The soil is already there, waiting to collide with your passions in an inconceivable way.