To “bloom where you are planted” is to accept where you find yourself in life – to grow, bloom, and bear fruit right where God placed you. It means to be thankful in all circumstances, bringing beauty and grace to your surroundings. However, we often find ourselves in hard situations, much like flowers growing among rocks; and we want to remove ourselves.
Did you ever try to transplant a flower that was growing in a crevice? Most of the roots have grown deeply beneath the rocks where they find nourishment. Digging up the plant will sever the roots and cause the plant to wither and die. However, if you allow the plant to grow where nature placed it, eventually it will bloom and bring beauty to its surroundings.
When in the midst of life’s adversities, we tend to want to escape. However, adversity provides more opportunity for growth than privilege. Dealing with the harsh conditions of life produces strong character, courage, compassion, and hope. The best way to grow is to remain where God has planted us, which will cause our spiritual roots to go deep. Then we will bloom like the flowers that grow in harsh conditions on mountainsides, between rocks, or next to fence posts. If we run from our trials, we are likely to become weaker in character.
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4-5
Everything in nature that bears fruit must stay attached to the vine so that it can receive food and eventually bloom. The only way to bloom and bear good spiritual fruit is to remain in Jesus. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own, neither can we bear spiritual fruit without staying connected to the vine that nurtures us.
Are you blooming where God planted you?