J was very close to his maternal grandfather. He called him Chief and they spent many happy hours in a boat fishing together. Chief and Grandmother lived in a small house with a big backyard filled with blue hydrangeas. On one visit, many years ago, J brought home a cutting from one of their bushes. He rooted it, cared for it, and planted it in our front yard by our lamp post. It now surrounds it and is big and full and lovely with its blue blooms.
Last year, J rooted some cuttings from it. They have been growing in pots on our patio. Two of the plants are blooming......soft PINK blooms!
Now, I know it is the acid or alkaline in the soil that determines the color, but it still seems like a miracle to me! God's creativity is always a wonder to me!
Got me to thinking....... if my roots are planted deep in the rich soil of God's Word, I should be growing in His grace and blooming so that the world can see Him in me. Do my blooms change color depending on what is going on in my life? Would my blooms be blue during times of suffering or sadness as a reflection of the acid, or hard things, that I am experiencing? Would they be pink in the times of happiness and contentment as a testimony to the alkaline, or pleasant things, that I am being blessed with?
I believe faithfulness and steadfastness in difficulty, whether there is a smile on my face or not, speaks to the world about my source of strength, hope, peace and joy. And gratefulness during the pleasant times says that I know they are a gift of God's mercy, nothing that I deserve or have earned. It has given new meaning to the old expression "bloom where you are planted". I always thought of "where" as a location.... your church, your city, your job, etc. Now, I see it can also mean a time in life, a frame of mind, or a circumstance. That makes it more meaningful to me.
We all know that, on a fruit tree or plant, blooms represents the fruit to come. On flowering trees and plants, the bloom is the fruit. So, if we are blooming, that means the Holy Spirit is producing the fruit of the spirit in us. Isn't that an encouraging thought?
" By this my Father is glorified that you produce much fruit and so prove to be my disciples" John 15:8
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