Yes...But Not Yet
I've mentioned before that I have a teenage son who is AMAZING. I truly think he might be the kindest, sweetest human being on this planet. Being his mom is a true pleasure. Lately, though, he's been experiencing some angst. He is growing through these adolescent years and looking at the world and wondering what the heck is going on (anyone relate?;)). I love it when he comes to me with all his questions about oppression, human rights, and fighting the powers that be (well, mostly I love it, but sometimes it drives me a little crazy!). He is so passionate about it all and wants to start a movement to change EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW. As his mom, I adore his fire and am loving getting to witness some of God's purpose built in him, but I also know he has a lot of maturing to do before he's ready to take on the world.
So many of us feel like that, don't we? We want to change our little corner of the world, do good in a big way, and make a difference. This is such a beautiful desire and one that is intentionally placed in us. We are designed to bloom and share God's beauty and love with the world. But I've found that, like my son, we have to make sure we've gone through the process of growth first.
You Were Created To Bloom
God created each of us on purpose, with purpose, and for purpose. He is always using us to change the world (Uh, hello!?Mothering is the most impactful job for change there is!), and in our lives He often has something for us that no one else can do. That mission comes partially from who He created us to be, but also from the lessons and healing we've experienced throughout the process of our growth.
I've shared before that God really healed me when I became a mom. There was a period of four years where He was working on me, LOVING me, and transforming me in very intense and powerful ways. I connected with Him and understood His Love in ways that changed me forever (I wish I could describe it better but words don't even come close to doing Him justice). At the end of that period, I felt this incredible nudge to share Him and everything He had shown me with anyone who was willing to listen. God had planted His seed of love in my life, and watered me well. I had grown through some serious dirt, developed strong roots, sprouted in joy, and was ready to bloom. So I invited a group of friends to join me in my living room for a Christian book study, which ended up growing so big we had to move it to our church. Over the years, I was blessed to share my growth with hundreds of women and hopefully impact them in a powerful way.
I share all of this not to point out anything I did, but because there are times in our life when God will press on us to open up to the world and bloom so that truth can be planted, water can be poured, and incredible growth can happen in other people's lives. I've been blessed to see this exact thing happen so many times in my life through the AMAZING people God's surrounded me with, and every single time I am blown away by the magnificence of our great God (which is the entire point!).
It's a Seasonal Thing
That season ended for me a year ago and changed directions completely. Now God is growing me again through altogether new challenges. Just like my son, passions are unfolding and new roots are developing. I know with 100% confidence that there will be another blooming in my life, but I have no idea what it will look like. What I do know is that The Gardener does. All I have to do is trust Him along the way and be ready to blossom when it's time.
What About You?
Where are you in the growth process?
What are you passionate about?
What gets you fired up?
Have you considered God might want to use you to help heal someone else?
Is it time for you to bloom?