Bloom

When I was younger I had a poster on my bedroom wall that said ‘bloom where you are planted’ with a pretty picture of a flower. You probably know the type of inspirational poster I mean; they still exist today but the graphics and type are usually slicker. It was a good message – do your best in whatever situation you are in. Don’t be envious of other places but trust God to place you where He wants you. I am sure you can think of more interpretations.

I was reading Jude yesterday. It’s a short but powerful letter. It starts and ends with the idea of planting and blooming.

Kindness, peace, love—may they never stop blooming in you and from you.

Jude v2

Can’t you just imagine what an exquisite spiritual flower that would produce? The fragrance, the colours, the petal and it would be useful as well as decorative. Revelation and Ezekiel speak of a tree whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. I think if we bloomed like this, with love, kindness and peace we’d get some of that healing started in our homes and neighbourhoods.

24 Now to the One who can keep you upright and plant you firmly in His presence — clean, unmarked, and joyful in the light of His glory— 25 to the one and only God, our Savior, through Jesus the Anointed our Lord, be glory and greatness and might and authority; just as it has been since before He created time, may it continue now and into eternity. Amen.

Jude v24-25

That’s where we bloom with all the fruits of the spirit – when we are planted in His presence. Planted firmly with our roots going deep into His Truth, into His Word. When our hearts and lives are watered by His Holy Spirit, our Counsellor.

I guess the smells of yesterday are lingering in my mind. Have you ever walked past a hedgerow or a garden and caught a whiff of one strong scent? Just one flower can scent a large area. Imagine what effect we could have, even alone, on our environment. Imagine what effect we could have in twos or threes or fifties or hundreds. If we would just stay planted and let the blossom and fruit be produced.

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