Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bloom Where You Are Planted

      Today I decided to sweep all of the pecans and leaves off of my back patio.  As I did, I noticed this beautiful petunia, blooming like it thought it was spring!  I planted it last May beneath a big potted fern, hoping to fill the pot with color. The little petunias did not do very well, dwarfed by the larger plant.  Arkansas has already seen its share of cold weather, freezing most everything else in the yard.  Perhaps, this little petunia survived strengthened by its determination to live.  And now, after almost everything else in the yard has withered and died, this beautiful petunia declares its glory.
After my father died, my mother and I were visiting my father’s mother, Grandmother Smith.  She had this little sign stuck up over her stove, “Bloom where you are planted.”  I remember my mother looking at that sign and saying, “That’s what I have to do now.”  So, she sold their beloved house on the bayou, packed up her belongings and moved to Arkansas.  For 26 years, she “bloomed”, joining a new church and making new friends.
            God protects us long enough, teaching, strengthening and empowering until it’s time to step out on our own.  Like the little petunia on my patio, we can surely  bloom when He steps away and sends us out to do His work in the world, knowing without a doubt that He is only a step away.  Even something as small and insignificant as a little Christmas petunia can give me “God bumps.”  


  1. I am learning to do that very thing now. In a role as a stay-at-home mom I'm seeing ministry in a new light and am getting excited about it! Thanks for this post and reminder.
    Visiting today from God Bumps...Merry Christmas!

  2. thanking God for petunia... transition is so hard... look forward to you joining us at Scribbling Spiritual Sand in January

  3. I love it when God uses flowers or some natural occurrence to remind us of some truth. What a wonderful testament to God's faithfulness and to your mom's blooming ability :)

  4. Cindy,

    Surprised by my own tear-filled eyes here. I guess there's something very special about a life that insists on living, despite its circumstances. I'm so, so glad you linked up again, Cindy. You're beautiful. ((HUGS))

    Love, Jennifer

  5. We have had a mild winter here in WV...but no blooming here! But, wow, bless your mother's heart for her strong faith and deep courage. Bloom where your planted. I'll be thinking about that for a while :).

  6. Cindy, this post has blessed me beyond measure....just what I needed to hear today and God just directed me right over to your place for Him to speak to me right through you....Thank you sweet friend for being obedient to write what He put in your heart......

    Hugs and blessings,

  7. Can I copy the picture? Thanks and God bless...<3