“Now the LORD God had planted a garden…The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden…to work it and take care of it.” Gen. 2:8.
We cannot even imagine what the Garden of Eden was like but we can be confident that it was perfect since it was created by the hands of God. He created the Garden of Eden with beauty and purpose, assigning His will to that time…that space…that area. He also planted Adam and Even in that garden with beauty and purpose in His creation. What more could they have ever wanted? What made them discontent in God’s perfect garden? What blessings did God have for them that were not realized because their hearts and desires were on another place in the garden…another tree…different fruit…a place that was not God’s plan for them to experience?
Yesterday I saw a saying on my sister’s Facebook cover picture that I absolutely love…Bloom where you are planted! I was reminded of that saying this morning when thinking about the Garden of Eden. Jesus Christ understood this concept better than any other person who ever walked this earth. He focused on God’s work wherever His feet were planted, not turning His attention to another part of the garden. God planted Him in a certain place, at a certain time to accomplish a certain purpose. Just as Jesus, we were also formed and planted in a specific generation with unique talents and specific purposes to fulfill. Many times we are asked to stay in the same spot for longer than we would like. We are ready to pull up stakes and move to another part of the garden ready for a change…doesn’t my heart know all about this!
But we can neither rush our blooms nor move to other areas of the garden before we have accomplished His will in our circumstances. We must anticipate that where God has us is where He expects to do great things through us. When our hearts are focused on another part of the garden we will miss out on the beautiful blooms that He intended to display through our service to Him. God has deliberately placed us where we are to be His ambassadors and bloom where we are planted. We must take a good look to see what is blooming in this area of our garden. Do our blooms…our thoughts, our focus and our words…honor God with faith and promote His message to others? Do they have the fragrance and aroma of His purposes and His desires? May we produce beautiful blooms for God in the area of the garden where we have been planted.
‘So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field…’ 1 Co 3:7