"Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn." Walter Scott
Do you enjoy seeing the blossoms on trees, shrubs, and flowers in the spring?
To live Totally Transplanted lives, we are called to be more than a pretty blossom. What is a blossom? According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the verb blossom means to come into flower, develop, to bloom. What does to bloom mean? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the verb bloom means to produce or yield flowers; to mature into achievement of one's potential.
How does this relate to us? Do we look pretty on the outside all dressed up? What is on the inside? On a plant, the seed is inside the flower. Relating ourselves to a pretty blossom, do we have the seed in us necessary to bear fruit? What is the seed?
In Luke 8, Jesus told the parable of the farmer who planted his seeds. He explained some of the seed was planted on the path and the birds ate it. Other seed fell on the rock where it withered as it had no moisture. Still other seed planted was choked out by thorns. But the seed that was planted in the good soil grew up and yielded a crop. But the disciples did not understand and asked for clarification. Seeing that the disciples did not understand, Jesus continued:
This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11 NIV)
Now we know the seed is the word of God. Who is the Word?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 NIV)
John spoke of Jesus Christ who was the Word from the beginning. Therefore, if the seed is the Word and the Word is Jesus, when we ask Jesus to come live in our hearts, we have the seed. With the Seed, who is Christ, we are more than a pretty blossom!
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever." (1 Peter 1:23-25 NIV)
When all beauty fades away—the grass withers and the flowers fall off, what is left? The word of the Lord shall never pass away, so if we have Christ who is the word we have eternal life.
For a tree to produce blossoms, it must be planted, pruned, perfected, and pollinated. But when we plant trees, we must be careful where we plant them. For example a live oak tree grows well in my part of the country—south Texas. But it is not recommended for the northern part of the U.S. Yet the Pin Oak grows better in the north, not in the south. We can look at a Hardiness Zone Map to determine the best location to plant particular species of trees. The one seen here is from Arbor Day Foundation.
As believers, we need to be planted. But where should we be planted? Our Master Gardener, the Father in heaven, determines where we should be planted.
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. (Acts 17:24-26, NIV)
The Lord knows the best place for us to be planted. According to Scripture, God determined the time and exact place for us to live. I have lived in the same community for almost twenty-one years. I thought I would only live there for one to three years. I spent my first seventeen years trying to get away, by any method I could. I've wrestled with the Lord about where I live. I thought I would be better in another place—such as a place with actual seasons, a place with more people, more shopping, more local activities, etc. I've had opportunities to go visit other places—some for one week to as long as six months. I learned from those trips that if I do not have the joy of the Lord where He planted me, I won't have joy anywhere. It's not the circumstances that bring me joy; it's my relationship with the Lord.
The Lord planted us where we will grow best. We must trust in Him for He will move us if necessary. He told Abraham to move several times in his life. He told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt for a while. He will guide us to the places we're to live. If we're in Christ, we're planted by the Living Water. To live Totally Transplanted, stay planted with the seed of Christ and you'll be more than a pretty blossom.