Here we are in the final week of our Growth Bursts series, and we are ready to BLOOM!
Blooming is the happy, feel-good part, the bursting fourth part, the “PRETTY” part if you will.
This is the part when we SHINE, look good and feel good. This is the part where we “show off” the fruit of our labor. This is the easy part, right?
No, in all truth, this is the humbling part. The part where we realize that if we were patient and followed through on the planting, and carefully turned up and over the soil in our spirit, covered it carefully and fully with God’s hand, and rested in His process, then and only then did we discover the Biblical Truth of Psalm 46:10,
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Only by going through this process do we become fully aware of the mystery of “Being Still” in God, and trusting Him to do the work!
It is also the part where we bear witness to the need for endurance in the watering process. This is essential if our roots are to grow deep down into the soil so that we will prosper and not wither when the storms come, and they do come!
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we KNOW that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character…”
Truth is, if we are “BLOOMING” then we have gutted through a gruesome process to get here!
In Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus tells a story about a farmer preparing his fields to BLOOM.
The first step he takes is to plant, or “scatter” the seed. Week one for us!
Verses 3 and 4,
“A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell…”
Let me pause for a moment right here and make sure we are all on the same page in understanding the parable…
God is the farmer. We are the seed.
As God’s children, we find ourselves in various geographical locations. We also find ourselves in places with varying types of soil, even if we are geographically close.
God “scatters” His children all over the globe, so that we may affect others for Him EVERYWHERE in His great BIG world!
verse 4 continued,
“….some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.”
These seeds were not planted and “Covered” in God’s soil!
Verse 5 and 6,
“Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.”
These seeds did not endure the process of “Being still in God” and trusting in His growth process. They did not produce deep roots, and they had nothing to hold onto when the trials came.
“Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.”
These seeds began the process well, but did not follow it through to completion. When the trials or temptations came they leaned into the persuasion of others.
“Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
These are the healthy seeds. They planted themselves deep into the “good” soil, and covered themselves with God’s protection. They were watered and cared for and remained still and steadfast in knowing God was in control. Finally, they produced a crop far greater than their expectations! They BLOOMED!!!
Blooming for Jesus is not an easy process. It takes devotion, dedication and shear determination! But if we endure, we will radiate God’s Light through our Bloom and others will see the Love of Jesus through us!
The dictionary definition of BLOOM is:
“a youthful and healthy glow in a person’s complexion.”
If we are truly BLOOMING with the Light and Love of Jesus we will radiate a fresh, glowing luster that will draw others to Jesus!
When a flower blooms it opens up, it matures, it produces something.
A seed is planted, it is covered in soil, it is watered and it produces a plant. If that plant is a flowering plant, it produces a BLOOM when it is mature.
That is our goal in Christ Jesus. That BLOOM can take many years to accomplish. The path may be filled with trial, temptations and rough and rocky paths. But if we never give up, if we entrust our lives to God and His pruning, then we will grow into maturity and produce a BLOOM!
As I was praying through this month’s Blog series and asking God to give me the truth He wanted for myself and for you, I was given a Blessing as a distinct example of the words I have written this month!
My father was my hero. He passed away five and a half years ago. Among other gifts and talents, he loved to grow roses. He had a beautiful garden of rose trees at his home, and my sisters carefully and lovingly dug several of them up, and transplanted them to their homes. Over the years they have produced beautiful roses in my sisters yards.
I lived far away from my sisters and father, and was not able to take an entire rose bush. One of my sister’s carefully cut a piece of one of his bushes and with great precision and care replanted it, nurtured it, and brought it to me.
I have watered, pruned, replanted and patiently waited for that rose bush to produce blooms for me like the ones my sister’s bushes have produced. It did not.
For 5 1/2 years, it stayed green, grew a little, but NEVER produced a bloom.
We moved from Southern California to Northern California in November of last year. I moved that rose bush with me. For 6 months it remained green and still. Five days ago, as I was praying about writing this Blog… I saw a bud!
I jumped for Joy, cried a little, and knew God was giving me one of my greatest lessons on blooming! By the next day the flower was in full bloom!!!
When we are DEVOTED, DEDICATED AND DETERMINED, we will BLOOM!
Bloom where God plants you!
No matter how long the process takes, stand firm my friends, God will produce a BLOOM!
Our God is FAITHFUL!
Don’t give up friends!
Speak Truth Love