“Bloom where you are planted.” Saint Francis de Sales
Mamaw has a gift for making things grow. Whenever she purchases flowers in a pot, no matter how healthy they look to me, she is convinced they are root bound. She can’t wait to get them in a larger pot, or even better, the great outdoors of her flowerbed. I have often kidded her about this. But the truth is, once she’s replanted them and tended to them, they flourish in the new spot.
Mamaw believes in pruning things up, working the soil, adding miracle grow and plenty of water, then covering the ground with a protective mulch.
We all love the idea of a fresh start. As we celebrate the beginning of each new year, we have aspirations of breaking new ground and attaining new goals. But what happens when we’re stuck in our old pot of circumstances, when we have obstacles that are not going to budge?
When I don’t have the option to relocate, it’s time to take a fresh look at the ground God has already gifted me. It’s time to dig in and break up that dry soil, removing those rock hard pieces that tend to form from long term pressure and neglect. I need to nourish this old ground and protect it with some renewed thinking.
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
I know I will never be the gardener Mamaw is, but I do believe if I faithfully rework this familiar soil, there will be new growth.
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!