It was only a couple of days ago that God gave me a very clear reminder of the necessity of growing and blooming where I am planted.
Since moving to our current location in the far north of New Zealand I am daily aware of the blessings of being in the place that God has chosen for me. My health is far better than it has been in years even though there are issues to face and our financial circumstances are challenging. More than ever, the lessons I learned in refusing to fear and trusting God (upon diagnosis of a brain tumour five years ago) give me joy in all my circumstances. In God I can face all things; I can do all things that are required of me and I can stand tall knowing that I have done what God has required. The key words though are I CAN but, in my walk with God, is it what I CHOOSE to do?
Our need to keep costs down has led to my new gardening philosophy If I can't eat it, I don't grow it and with teamwork, Irish and I have found a far greater measure of success than we had expected. It was while I was out in the garden anticipating the Tamarillo season that God gave me a clear and practical insight into being planted in the right place. You see, I have a number of tamarillo trees all started from cuttings and several months ago I took a couple of cuttings from a neighbour's tree when I was pruning it. After a couple of months establishing the root systems, I put the young plants into pots where they remained for some time. A ‘vacancy' came up in some tyres next to the other tamarillo trees so I planted one of the cuttings there. As I was admiring the speed of it's growth, my eyes also caught the remaining tamarillo still in the pot where it was first planted. The difference between the two trees could hardly be more obvious. The size and lushness of the tree set in healthy surroundings with room for its roots to sink deep into the soil is a joy to behold. The ‘tree' still in the pot where it should have remained only for a season is stunted and looks pathetic. Even with some flowers on it, the likelihood of it providing fruit is extremely remote.
It is like that for us. When we are obedient to God's direction we find ourselves in a place where we can grow and thrive. If we refuse to accept direction or we take off in the way WE want to go (and let's face it, we have all done it!) the opportunity to grow to our full potential ceases. A tree cannot flourish when it's roots are not firmly embedded in the most suitable soil. It cannot flourish when the climate is not suitable because the weather it too hot or too cold. It cannot flourish when the bugs that try to suck the life from it are left to do their worst.
In that moment in time when I glanced at those two tamarillo trees God reminded me that being able to flourish in my life depends on my obedience to His calling. It depends on my determination to sink my roots deeper into His soil, to receive the nutrients that he provides in order for my life to flourish. In God I have ALL that I need!
Oh how I love this blog, TT!
[quote]It is like that for us. When we are obedient to God's direction we find ourselves in a place where we can grow and thrive. If we refuse to accept direction or we take off in the way WE want to go (and let's face it, we have all done it!) the opportunity to grow to our full potential ceases.[/quote]
Sometimes we don't like the corner of the garden God has planted us in. We think we would like that nice sunny spot over there and might even whine and complain when He says, "No, you need to be in this cool, shady spot over in this corner. This is the best place for you at the moment and you will thrive here." We must trust the Master Gardener.
God transplanted me here to Delaware, the job I'm on and gave me the wife he wanted me to have. I did it "my way" for awhile till he said"when you hit that high note singing you might hurt yourself"( and was he right lol). be blessed
The right soil with the right amount of sunlight and water will only bring the best to any plants. It's the same for us humans and what more for us Christians. The sunlight and the water of the Holy Spirit in the best soil for the circumstances of our present life is what will bring the best growth in us and for our Christian maturity.
So bloom and grow where you are, just as the many plants that you grow and that will bring food for your body and joy to your heart.
Thanks for sharing , Sister Kiwibird
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Excellent blog, Kbird!
Beautiful tamarillo tree! ... blest said, having NO idea whatsoever what a tamarillo tree is... :wink: ... perhaps it is where armadillos ... armadilloes.. an armadillo and his bride, find shade?
Oh, all right... I'll look it up...
...Solanum betaceum is a small tree or shrub in the flowering plant family Solanaceae "the nightshade plant". It is best known as the species that bears the tamarillo, an egg-shaped edible fruit. It is also known as the tree tomato (quoted from Wikipedia).
Oh, NOW I know what it is... ahem.
blessings, blest but still clueless
Your garden is starting to sound like the healthy version of Charlie's chocolate factory. All is edible and all is there for eating.