Needless to say, my semester abroad in Scotland – and the process of returning home – has shaped many of my new approaches towards life. One lesson I came away with is to “bloom where planted.”
Many times, by very insightful people, the metaphor of a flower in a pot has been used to characterize my semester abroad. For a time, I was transplanted to an entirely new location with the intention that I would soak up whatever lessons the soil had to offer. My, isn’t Caledonia’s soil rich!
Proverbs 103:15-16 tells us that, “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.” (ESV) While that thought is a bit depressing, as it stands, viewing our lives like the cycle of a flower is not a bad idea. We are planted from the seeds of another flower, are watered, grow, and bud into something unique, individual, and beautiful. I don’t even need to mention that not all flowers stay in the same place. Some move from greenhouses to gardens, other move from fields to flower pots, and others move from a mountain side to a valley river. Each environment affects the plant, and that little blossom is never quite the same after it has been transplanted.
The good news is that, despite all that moving around, our LORD is in control of it all. That same chapter from Proverbs reads on, “But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.” (ESV)
To all my little flowers out there – whether you be a rose, daisy, or thistle – remember the faithfulness of our Eternal Father. Happy Growing!