Bloom Where You’re Planted


“Whoever would have thought I’d be planted here?”
Photo by Ellie Kuykendall

In a million years, I never thought I would be living in South Carolina. This is NOT where I wanted to spend my “golden years.” But you know, God had other plans for me. And this is where I am.

So, I was thinking the other day that I need to remember the simple phrase, “Bloom Where You’re Planted.” I remembered it while I was putting plants into the above unlikely containers. We’re used to seeing plants in pots of all descriptions: clay and plastic, bright and dull colors, large and small, patterned and plain, and hanging baskets. However, we’re not used to seeing plants in tea tins or ceramic pitchers that were designed for liquids.

And that’s like me in South Carolina. At times I feel like a flower in a pair of kid’s rain boots. Most of the time these days, though, I believe I’m exactly where I belong. Why? Because of the many blessings I’ve been given since I moved here almost four years ago.

I thought I’d be traveling the world, preferably with a husband. Neither of those retirement dreams has materialized. Maybe they still will, and maybe they won’t. How I accept the circumstances in my life is more important than the conditions in which I find myself.

Will I complain about what I don’t have, or will I be grateful for what I do have? Will I seek out new opportunities to help others, or will I isolate and feel sorry for myself? Do I do a check each day to see whether I’ve offended someone and then make amends if I need to do so? Can I look for the gifts I bring to others instead of wondering why I’m not more like so and so?

Each day is a new opportunity for me to grow, listen, change, be still, and add something to someone’s life. If I keep these things in the forefront of my mind, I’ll remember that I have done some traveling to different countries in the world. This is much more than many other people have experienced.

If I remember that I am a child of God, the negativity slips away.

And more than anything, if I continue to have faith, then I realize that God is doing for me what I cannot do for myself.

I hope you have a blessed day!

One more thing…I would love to hear about your blessings, so please feel free to leave a comment.

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13 responses to “Bloom Where You’re Planted

  1. Ellie I get a really nice sense of you through your writings. I’d never heard the expression “bloom where you’re planted” but it’s a beauty. All the best to you in South Carolina from Oz.

  2. Martha

    How do you manage to get in my head at just the right moment? Thanks for the message from God this morning…

  3. Ellie, you sound like a kindred spirit. It’s nice to know you are taking life in stride. The planters are a good symbolism for going with what life gives you to work with. Nice to meet you, and thanks for “liking” my post.

  4. jennifer

    I know God has just blessed me with a friend right down the road from me. I look forward to learning so much from you!

  5. CM

    Beautiful Post, I actually just spent a long weekend on Lake Hartwell.

  6. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Check out my post to learn about it!
    http://barrentoblessed.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/one-lovely-blog-award/ Blessings!

  7. Ellie…thank you for stopping by Armoured Up. Blessings….xx

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