A Sunday Thought~
Are You Blooming in the Right Spot?
My thoughts this week have actually been a little scattered but I am going to share anyway!!
Are you blooming in the right spot? This is the question that I have been asking myself.
You see, “A weed is any plant that grows where you don’t want it.”
There is still snow on the ground, but I am thinking Spring. Spring is when I plant a small garden. I enjoy spending family time, planting, watering and weeding our little garden. There can be a lot of lessons learned from a garden and one of those lessons I am thinking about is this:
“Volunteered” plants that show up in the wrong spot. For example, maybe a corn plant that “volunteerley” showed up in the strawberries. If you don’t pull that corn plant out of the ground, it will choke out the strawberries and rob them of water and nutrients.
You see, human beings aren’t plants, we have our own minds and God-given free will. But sometimes “us” humans try to bloom where God doesn’t intend for us to be.
I have been studying about King Saul’s son, Jonathan.
Jonathan had every reason to expect to be the king. But he saw that God blessed David, and recognized the envy and pride of his own father. You can read about this in 1 Samuel 18:12-15 NJV. Jonathan knew that the throne would never be his so you know what he did? He became David’s best friend, in fact, he even saved his life. ( 1 Samuel 19:1-6; 20:1-4 NJV)
Would you say that Jonathan gave up too much? Some say he did, but how would we prefer to be remembered? Like the outgoing Saul, who hung on to his kingdom and then lost it? Or like Jonathan, who protected the life of a friend who would become an hero of Jesus?
I do know that God’s plan is always better than our own. We can fight against what he has planned for us and resemble a misplaced weed. Or we can accept His directions and become flourishing, fruitful plants in His garden.
HE LEAVES THE CHOICE WITH US.
Are you a weed or are you in the spot that God has planned?
How do we know if we are in the place that God wants us to be?
I believe that we can find the answer by the condition of our hearts. 1 Samuel 9:2 explains about Saul, who is a handsome man and that seemed an ideal match for a nation that wanted to be led by men rather then God. (1 Samuel 8:1-5 NJV) Saul’s successor, David, who also was a handsome man. (1 Samuel 17:42) But when you look at their personal and family lives, Saul, Jonathan and David, they show us that while man looks on the outward appearance, God takes a look at mans hearts. Saul became a rude and bitter man. David, who was not perfect, knew that he should trust in the Lord. Jonathan, learned that being a loyal friend to David and trusting David’s God was a lot better than being in place of his father’s ruined throne and life. I know that I am daily asking God to plant me where he wants. God will help us daily with this.
Have a great week friends!