THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)
BLOOM WHERE GOD HAS PLANTED YOU
Pastor Randy Kanipe tells the story of a Sabbath time away from his church while he was struggling with failure. He happened to be walking by a cow pasture and stopped to gaze over the fence, pondering the ’green pastures’ that he imagined God leading him through – my attention was drawn down to a big, round, flat – dried out cow pie. Lovely sight! But right smack in the middle of that pile of dung was a single, beautiful flower. It was blooming and doing it’s best to grow as God designed, but surrounded by a foul stench, and a horrid mess. The contrast between the beauty of the flower and the stench of its surroundings was powerful. Yet somehow, God gave the flower the ability to bloom where it had been planted. Obviously, the seed was there before the cow made her deposit, and the flower had to push its way up and through that muck. But it eventually did, and it brought forth great beauty.
In Jeremiah 17:7-8 we are reminded that God blesses the person who trust in Him. That blessing results in a root system and a supply system that can sustain them even in hard times of draught. The picture of a flower growing in manure and a tree growing in a draught are both pictures of growing in the midst of adversity.
Jim Kane said, “One of the ways that we bloom is we sometimes stay put! A beautiful rose grows not by constant transplanting but by staying put in the ground and being nurtured and sustained by the soil it finds itself in!” Where has God planted you? What are the cow patties in your life? How can those cow patties make you stronger and help you be used by God? To dig a little deeper, read all of Jeremiah 17 and ask how does the life of someone who trust Christ differ than the life of someone who doesn’t?