Yesterday, when I arrived home from work, I grabbed a chair and collapsed onto my deck. I sat in the warmth of the March sunshine, listened to the birds and tried to breathe deeply. It had been a long day and a long week and I still had another day to go.
Nothing bad had happened; in fact I had received some really good news earlier in the week. But, my job had been crazy busy, with a million interruptions and I was just bone tired.
I looked across the yard at my white irises blooming. They always make me smile. My hubby and I dug them up years ago, from an old home place on my parents property. I have no idea how old they are, at least sixty, but likely much older than that. We planted them at the base of one of our oak trees and they multiplied like crazy. We now have them at the base of two trees and several other places in the yard.
They didn’t ask to be moved from their home in Middle Georgia to their home in Northeast Georgia. Yet, they just seem to grow and prosper wherever we plant them.
Those white flowers made me think of a conversation I had earlier in the week with a coworker who reminded me that I have been put in my particular place, at this particular time, for a reason that had noting to do with my job description.
We forget sometimes that we can do kingdom work wherever we are planted. It doesn’t matter what the job description is on paper. We can be a construction worker, a waitress, or a CEO of a company. Our job titles make no difference to Jesus. The spiritual work we are called to do can shine through, wherever we are.
Our mission field is always the ground we are standing on, whether we asked to be there or not, whether it’s difficult or easy. Those irises reminded me to bloom and prosper wherever I am planted, knowing that at some point, I may be scooped up and planted somewhere else, but that I am not to worry about that. I am called to trust God’s plan.
I am called to bloom today in this spot, right where I am, and so are you. Perhaps you needed reminding too.
Have an awesome day!