Bloom Where You Are Planted

June 17, 2020
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One thing that we learned on the farm where we raised sheep was that at shearing time in the spring, dirt and burrs were hard to get out of the wool, and they would decrease the value of the fleece at market. John and I were very careful when feeding the sheep not to get dirt on their backs that would work into the wool. In the pasture along the sheep paths was a plant known as Sheep Burr. This plant could adjust to weather and soil, it could grow in all locations, and it was very hard to get rid of.

As I considered how Sheep Burr conforms to survive, I thought of the saying, "Bloom where you are planted", and I was reminded of this Scripture:

Luke 18:35-37 – As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." (NIV)

The gospel of Mark tells us that his name was Bartimaeus. Just to survive, someone had to help him every day to get to his spot to beg for food and money. He sat each day on the roadside adjusting to weather: hot or cold, sun or rain, with dust and bugs. He adjusted to the noises of the crowds. But one day he heard a different noise than usual, and he was able to distinguish what really mattered: Jesus. Bartimaeus started to yell, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." People tried to quiet Bartimaeus from his shouting, but Scripture says that he shouted all the more.

Luke 18:40-43 – Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied. Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. (NIV)

It is notable that a beggar changed the outlook of the other people on the road to Jericho. Bartimaeus, considered a nobody, bloomed where he was planted and helped the crowd to recognize Jesus, the Son of God, the One who is able to give spiritual life and offer mercy to all who come to Him in faith.

These days, people are being forced to adjust to unprecedented conditions and circumstances. COVID-19 is possibly forcing financial ruin, poverty, marital or family disruption, hunger, disease, or premature death upon many within our own country and around the world. Governments are trying to ease the situation for the population, but what an awesome task!

Like blind Bartimaeus, we can choose to bloom where we are planted, and point people to the power and love of God in Jesus, who said, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life." (John 3:16 Phillips)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to share Your love for us and to change the outlook of the people around us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


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Ruth Rowe <ruthjohn.rowe@gmail.com>
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word, Ruth.


    Amen Ruth. Well said.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Ruth. May we all bloom into what God wants us to be.


    What an interesting, pertinent, and apt application, Ruth. Thanks for sharing it.


    Ruth, Yes! May we bloom where we’ve been planted! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


    Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me I am right where I am supposed to be, in every moment.


    I have always loved this ‘bloom’ slogan. Fits so well into the scripture. Memorable. Thanks for acting on your inspiration.


    This is a beautiful Presbycan, It shares God love. Love is often in short supply in short supply. You have encouraged me. Bless you, as you encourage others with this message.


    Dear Ruth,
    Thanks for your ‘thought-full’ and challenging devotional today!
    Oh, that we could each sincerely join you in praying:
    Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to share Your love for us and to change the outlook of the people around us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


    Hello Ruth,
    Thank you for this morning’s devotional and the good comparison of the blooming of the sheep burr and the wonderful happening in the blind man’s life. He truly was planted at the right place at the right time to receive the miraculous love and care of Jesus.
    Blessings for sharing this writing.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Ruth,
    Since I have never heard of Sheep Burr, I looked it up. It says it is native to Australia and New Zealand, so I was wondering if that is where you grew up on the farm.
    It is good to use an analogy in your devotional because it helps me and probably others to have it “stick” in our minds and to remember to be flexible and bloom in whatever circumstances come our way putting our focus on Jesus and God who are always there to guide us when we pray and listen for their wisdom.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on what is happening. I am from Toronto and we are in stage 1 of opening up and praying that God will help us all to remember to social distance, wear masks when necessary and keep our hands washed and away from our faces. I am a knitter and crocheter so glad to have access to clean, soft wool.
    May many blessings come to you.


    Thank you, Ruth.
    I enjoyed your story very much.
    Yes, some people bloomed and bloomed again, what blessings they are.
    Thank you for your submission to share with us.
    Keep up the good faith,
    (Quebec)

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