Bloom Where You Are Planted

dec8 clif's 005Oak tree growing where the Master Gardener
planted the acorn in my brother’s backyard.


“I am writing to the exiles scattered to the four winds.
Not one is missing, not one forgotten.” 1Peter 1:1, The Message

In this Scripture we have a new point of view
set forth for our consideration.
From one point of view we see a national disaster —
for hundreds of thousands of citizens have been uprooted
from their homes by an occupying army,
and driven like cattle into the highways and byways;
scattered to the four winds,
and now known only as exiles.

That’s a rather bleak picture.

But from another point of view
we see something altogether glorious.
The word for scattered in the Greek New Testament
actually means “to be sown as seed.”
In other words, while they may be viewed by man
as exiles from their country;
they were seen by God as seeds planted in new fields of glory.

If we would learn to always see our shifting circumstances
from God’s point of view,
we would not be caught up in the shift
and drift of a culture that stirs up strife
and debate over things that inconvenience us.
Rather, we would live as thankful people,
praising God for His faithfulness in all things at all times —
and we would bloom where we are planted.

God knows who you are,
where you are,
and what His plans for you are.

If you will but humbly acknowledge that He is in control,
a shift will occur in your heart and in your outlook —
sunshine will break through the dark clouds,
and your life will sprout with new purpose and great effectiveness.

You will bloom where you are planted —
and may thus discover that God has in fact brought you
to where you have always wanted to be!

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Today’s thought – In the Storm

aug 11 003Oak Tree on the Church of God of Carmichael property

Good Morning

Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, . . .

Some of the storms of life come suddenly;
a great sorrow, a bitter disappointment, a crushing defeat.
Some come slowly.
They appear upon the ragged edges of the horizon
no larger than a man’s hand,
but trouble that seems so insignificant spreads
until it covers the sky and overwhelms us.

Yet it is in the storm that God equips us for service.
When God wants an oak
He plants it on the moor where the storms will shake it
and the rains will beat down upon it,
and it is in the midnight battle with elements
that the oak wins its rugged fibre
and becomes the king of the forest.

When God wants to make a man He puts him into some storm.
The history of manhood is always rough and rugged.
No man is made until he has been out into the surge of the storm
and found the sublime fulfillment of the prayer:
“O God, take me, break me, make me.”

The beauties of nature come after the storm.
The rugged beauty of the mountain is born in a storm,
and heroes of life are the storm-swept
and the battle-scarred.

You have been in the storms and swept by the blasts.
Have they left you broken, weary, beaten in the valley
or have they lifted you to the sunlit summits
of a richer, deeper, more abiding manhood and womanhood?
Have they left you with more sympathy with the storm-swept
and the battle scarred? ~~Selected

Mark 4:35-41, Amplified Bible
On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake]. And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him. And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)? And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?

Endure your storm . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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August 14, Today’s thought — Slow Me Down

The Oak tree I see from the trailer.

Good Morning

Lamenatations 3:25-26
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait
for the salvation of the LORD.

Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, amidst the confusion of my day,
the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of the singing streams
that live in my memory.
Help be to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations. . .
of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,
to pat a dog,
to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and the tortoise
that I may know that the race is not always to the swift;
that there is more to life than increasing its speed.

Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak
and know that it grew great and strong
because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me know, Lord,
and inspire me to send my roots deep
into the soil of life’s enduring values
that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny,
In Jesus’ name, Amen ——Unknown

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