If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “bloom where you’re planted,” it’s probably been at a time when you least wanted to hear it. This phrase can become wearisome, particularly to those pursuing any form of ministry. Nevertheless, I’m going to say it again, regardless of any sighs of exasperation or frustration you might let past your lips.
Bloom where you are planted.
Maybe you’re stuck in a ministry that doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere, or perhaps you’re just in a season where you feel stagnant. Our culture is ever increasing its speed, encouraging the mistaken belief that if we aren’t seeing immediate results, we need to move on to another plan of action.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9)
There is blessing in perseverance, even if the only reward for the moment is a sense of confidence in developing patience and diligence. Many of the great figures in church history whom we revere today for their success in ministry never even saw the fruits of their labor.
It may feel like you are trapped in a kind of purgatory, waiting for your “real” adventure to start, but it already has! God has placed you where you are for a purpose, and even if you are a season of preparation for something greater, don’t let this season go to waste.
Much of the “meat” of ministry does not look so appetizing at first glance, but this is precisely what makes it a ministry that must be undertaken by a faithful servant of Jesus Christ who is willing to crucify their expectations and desires in order to be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading on their life.
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. (Luke 16:10)
It is important to take full advantage of the time available to you now, and to live faithfully even in the small things. What you might see as a stop-over on the way to your true destination might be the test by which God determines whether you have grown and matured enough to advance on to your destination.