Lessons from the Desert: Bloom Where You’re Planted?

What else can I do beyond praying for the healing of this broken world?
Cactus in Tunisian wildernessWhile in Tunisia, I was struck more deeply by the significance of the admonition Cactus in Gardens  “Bloom where you’re planted” as I observed the ubiquitous cacti. Dry River Bed. Tunisia I don’t usually think of cacti as something that blooms
or is even intentionally planted, Tunisia. Cactus Fencesbut in Tunisia, cacti are planted in long rows to form hedges around crops. Tunisian Cactus and potThey are planted in gardens and used to adorn courtyards.Cactus FencesI suppose this is largely because they can survive drought
when most other plants would die out. Tunisia Cactus Flowerering Now, you might argue that most of the world’s cacti (and perhaps most of the world’s plants and people) aren’t “planted” but rather grow wild Tunisia Cactus flowers and trash…and if we’re a cactus,
we can hardly be expected to bloom in a barren wilderness! Tunisia. Cactus starting to flowerI beg to differ. Goat herder. TunisiaI believe that those of us who appear to be wild varieties
have still been planted by God, Herding Goats. Tunisiabased on David’s testimony that God was leading him no matter where he went, Wilderness through Tunisiabe it heaven or hell (Psalm 139:7-10).Wilderness of TunisiaAfter staring listlessly out the window at nothingness for hours on end,
I would say that the wilderness of Tunisia fits on that continuumBarren Land. Tunisia…possibly near the end. Tunisia Cactus everywhereFurthermore, I believe we are all encouraged to bloom,
regardless of our circumstances. Wilderness Road in TunisiaOn my trip, seeing a cactus punctuate the landscape gave me singular delight, and when I found some that were actually blooming, I was all agog! Blooming Cactus in TunisiaSo, even when we’re feeling as prickly as a cactus living in a desolate wasteland, let’s try to bloom.  Cactus. TunisiaWe might be one of the only plants tough enough to survive in such trying circumstances, and our little blossoms will doubtless bring joy
and encouragement to others. Cactus Flower. Tunisia“Let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”
(1 Corinthians 7:24)

2 responses to “Lessons from the Desert: Bloom Where You’re Planted?

  1. Charylene Powers

    My favorite line “We might be one of the only plants tough enough to survive in such trying circumstances, and our little blossoms will doubtless bring joy and encouragement to others.”

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