We don’t always get what we want in life. I have yet to meet the person who has. If such person exists, if they live long enough, they will have to deal with this challenge sooner or later.
Sometimes we don’t just fail to get what we want, but get something truly awful instead. So what do we do about it? We can whine, cry, and feel sorry for ourselves – but that only makes things worse. We can talk about how awful things are for us – but that just makes us miserable and tears the listener down as well.
I suggest we take this advice. “Bloom where you are planted.” Put down some roots, hang on tight, turn your face to the sun and let your best side out.
As a photographer, I am always looking for things in unusual places. A dandelion poking through the sidewalk, or a tree growing on the side of a rock cliff, or perhaps a flower blooming in a gutter… These things speak to me of the tenacity of living things to grow and survive in spite of the circumstances.
The apostle Paul in the Bible was a man who had been esteemed and despised, well off and poor, free and in prison. He had known banquets and hunger, prestige and brokenness. He had been ship wrecked, imprisoned, and beaten. Certainly he had seen life from some seriously opposite directions.
But throughout it all, he had learned the secret of survival and of blooming in impossible places. He said that he had learned to be content in whatever situation in which he found himself. I suspect he had also learned that situations change. Even his worst circumstances didn’t last forever.
When he was in prison he witnessed to the jailers. He sang songs. He praised God. When he was shipwrecked, he spread the gospel where he landed. He bloomed all along the way.
We can’t see the big picture of our lives or how the uncomfortable settings are going to turn out. We have no assurances about how long the tough times or the good times will last. Regardless – we can always trust God, praise God, believe in His love for us and that He does have a plan for us through all of our difficulties.
We can bloom where we are planted. 🙂