Bloom Where You’re Planted
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Philippians 1:6 Amplified Bible AMP)
On my way to the coffee shop today my husband and I were talking about our rather unpleasant circumstances. He said, “I think God is teaching me humility and patience.” And I remembered something that I heard somewhere. That if God doesn’t change your circumstances he is using those circumstances to change our hearts to be more like his. Jesus loves us and promises plans to prosper us not to harm us. Jeremiah 29:11-13 Amplified Bible (AMP),
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. 12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. 13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
God loves us so much, it’s hard to fathom. And sometimes when it feels like things are taking a long time to change or that things get worse it’s hard to see God’s love. So we have to trust that God’s got a plan and that plan is a good one. He has promised and God is good and keeps his promises. Numbers 23:19, Amplified Bible (AMP)
19 God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?
When God is working in his time and we can’t see his work or his hand we can rest in his promise. What should we do while we wait? The saying goes bloom where you’re planted. Give God everything you’ve got. Be the best you can be. Be enthusiastic, look for things to thank God for praise his name without stopping, be happy where you are. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Amplified Bible (AMP),
16 Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); 17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; 18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].