I See God…

Bloom where you are planted.

How many times have we heard this wisdom quoted?  I’ve always interpreted it to mean…make the best of the situation you find yourself in. Kinda like make lemonade out of lemons. 

I think for the most part that is good advice…even great advice. 

But what if you find yourself not blooming where you are?

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to serve at a special event at our church, welcoming guest that had never been there before. After the event began and the auditorium doors were closed we gathered and waited for the ceremony to conclude so we could put things back in order for the Sunday services. 
As we gathered around and began to share with each other I asked the question that I often ask fellow church goers. ‘What small group do you do?’  My now new friend smiled sheepishly and said, ‘Well I’m not a leader.’  I lovingly put my arm around her and said, ‘Of course you are.  You were asked to serve on this team today, you must be a leader.’ 
I don’t think she had thought of it that way because she stumbled a bit and finally said, ‘I don’t know how to pray out loud so I could never lead a group.’  Of course I could relate because we’ve all believed that lie…that we can’t pray in front of people.  So I shared that it is simply saying what you hear. It can be short. It’s okay if it’s simple. Simply say what you hear.
Of course my new friend had plenty other excuses for not seeing herself as a leader. And I didn’t try to talk her into anything she’s not ready to do, but I did walk away thinking how sad that she has believed the lies that she’s not good enough… when leader was written all over her.  
I see her as a beautiful giant son-flower…if she could bloom where she is planted. But instead she has allowed the vines that so easily entangle to strangle her growth.  

The enemy does not go to battle where there are no spoils. 

If he can keep my new friend from blooming then he doesn’t only stop her but he stops every woman that God could minister to through her.  
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, – Hebrews 12:1

We need perseverance. Too often we are guilty of feeling like we aren’t good enough to help people become

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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.

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