Rachel Jenae

Flourish and Bloom

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I recently had a conversation with a close friend about how life can be so odd. Here I am with all these very known and intentional dreams in my heart that I know are good and God-given, but out of the blue I find myself lost in new territory that I’ve never dreamt about, never seen as possibilities or even really wanted, never seen as potential in my life and there…there is where I’m finding favor. It makes no sense to me.

It came to my attention recently that I have a hard time accepting things. Accepting facts. Accepting some people just as they are. Accepting my own failures and moving on. Accepting. It’s not that I don’t see the truth and the way things are, but I just spend a massive amount of time fighting those facts. I realized I’ve somehow confused accepting the facts and at the same time believing and declaring God’s reality. They are separate. If I don’t accept the facts, I cannot accept His reality. I will only strive and fight and be continually frustrated in trying to help God make the facts I see something different-in total opposition to the way His Kingdom works. God’s ways are rooted in us giving up control, in letting go, in going low, admitting our frailty, our need and then leaning into Him.

I’ve heard it said many times that one of the biggest keys to moving past grief is acceptance. I heard it again recently and it hit me like a ton of bricks. As weird as it may sound, part of me has been grieving the simple reality of the world we live in. I’ve been grieving it for years. I know it’s not how we were suppose to live. I know it’s not what God intended the earth to look like. I know it’s not how He wanted our relationships to play out. And amidst knowing that Jesus came to bring life, to bring restoration, to bring peace, to bring joy, to bring lasting love, something in me revolts when I encounter the reality of the state of the world we live in.

So pair that un-acceptance with a deep belief that we are called to live out the dreams God’s put in my heart and you can see how finding favor in an area I’ve never dreamed of could be quite a paradox. Will I be willing to accept God’s favor if it’s not in an area that I dreamed about? Will I be faithful there? Will I accept that His timing is much better than mine and that He sees the big picture? Will I let go, lean in and flourish where I’m planted today?

Psalms 92:12 was sent to me by a dear friends just days ago and I haven’t been able to get away from the simplicity of what it is really talking about.

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”

Joel Osteen wrote this about it, “God wants us to be vibrant and blooming wherever He’s planted us. No matter the season, we are to bloom where we are. It doesn’t mean we’re going to always be in that situation, and it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t dream big or plan for the future, it simply means, wherever God has you today, don’t resist Him.” Instead accept His favor to flourish and bloom right there!  Trust Him. Trust His timing. Don’t not do something today simply because it doesn’t fit into the picture of your life that you had planned out. Throw that out and lean in…lean into Him and let Him work in and through you every single day of your life.

Flourish and bloom wherever He’s planted you today.