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Grow and Bloom

This is a follow up to the last blog post Always Ready


Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.     – Numbers 9:22


In thinking about the travels of the Israelites a well-known saying came to mind. “Bloom where you are planted” or “Grow where you are planted”. I quickly looked it up and found a brief history of the origin. The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is credited with the quote, “Bloom where you are planted.” Later Mary Engelbreit made the phrase popular.

I like the simple saying and the state of contentment it encourages. But we also need to beware of becoming overly comfortable in a certain way of life. We need to keep in mind that we are still travelers who have not arrived home yet.

The following quote from Spurgeon is a good reminder for us.

“The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home.”  – Charles Spurgeon


We should wholeheartedly serve the Lord in our present situation but also be ready to move when God says go. Simply put we need to daily live out the fact that God is in charge. Don’t make a plan and ask God to bless it. Ask God to show you His plan and then wait for His answer.

God can use you, exactly where you are. Wherever that is, serve joyfully. But be ready and willing when God’s hand reaches down to move you according to His plan.

You can grow and bloom where you’re planted or even on the move!

It’s not about where you serve. It’s all about Who you serve.

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Always Ready

Lately, while reading the familiar chapters about the Israelite’s wilderness journeys, I’ve tried to picture myself there with them. Do you ever imagine being with them and what it would be like in that time? Exciting, hard, terrifying, thrilling, and confusing all at the same time? Perhaps?

Read Numbers 9:15-23 and think about what it would be like to check each morning on the location of the cloud as you stepped out to gather your portion of manna.


 Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.  So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents.  At the command of the Lord, the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey.  So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days: according to the command of the Lord they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the Lord they would journey.  So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.  At the command of the Lord, they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

Numbers 9:15-23 NKJV


Can you picture yourself traveling along with the Israelites? Each and every day meant waking up and not knowing if it would be time to pack up and move on or stay another day. It was all completely decided by God’s direct unmistakable leading.

Always ready to go and at the same time always ready to stay

Spending time with Jesus and the Word (gathering manna) is still the best way to start each day! We need to be watching and listening daily for what God is saying (looking for the cloud). Today we don’t follow a cloud or see the pillar of fire when we go to bed at night but we have the Holy Spirit.