Blooming Where We’re Planted

I had some sort of episode this past weekend. It’s been bad since then. Really bad. I would covet your prayers. But it is so important for me to continue the work God has planted in my heart. I’m equipped to share the hope He has watered and grown through this difficult journey. And I won’t stop speaking His praise till I can speak it to His precious face.

And so, without further ado, my offering for this week:


green desert photo

Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.
Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers
and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.
There the Lord will display his glory,
the splendor of our God.
With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands,
and encourage those who have weak knees.
Say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
He is coming to save you.” – Isaiah 35:1-4

Sometimes it feels like we’re planted right in the middle of a desert, doesn’t it? Having lived in a desert for many years (an actual physical desert), I can tell you that it may seem that God has forgotten this place.

The glare of the sun is unrelenting, the predators look to gobble up any plant for it’s moisture. The rain is so rare it’s almost completely absent. The soil is rocky and sandy, so loose as to blow away with the slightest breeze.

But I can also assure you that God is here in this desert in deeper ways than He ever is in the fertile places. You have to look harder, but when you do you will see how He equips the plant rather than the environment.

Instead of sending frequent rains, He grows and strengthens the plant’s roots to burrow down deeper into the soil, seeking the moisture through a firmer grip, rather than a simple opening of its leaves and petals. The sandy soil, rather than being a hindrance, provides exactly the means for that root to grow deep with less resistance. The rocks allow the water to drain right down immediately into the deep places in the earth where the roots go, rather than remaining on the surface for the sun to dry them up. God is equipping the plant to be able to flourish in this inhospitable place.

desert plant photo

And one more thing… hold onto your hats for this one. God chooses with great care the plants that He places in the desert. He knows which ones are up to the task. He sees which blooms are the strongest.

Even in this starkest of landscapes, there is a spring season that will knock your socks off!

Blooms, vibrant and stunning, stand in stark contrast to the barren backdrop.

desert plant photo

desert plant photo

They are brilliant defiance, standing as a testimony to what only the power of our Great God is able to accomplish.

And so, my dear ones, are you.

And that is blooming where you are planted.


God our Father, You reign, and for this we are eternally grateful. Thank you for being with us, most especially in this desert. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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6 Comments on “Blooming Where We’re Planted

  1. Dear friend, I can hear the crowd of unseen witnesses cheering you on!
    You remind me of that verse: Yet there be no fruit on the vine………yet will I praise the Lord!
    I love that passage in Isaiah 35….very apt for you and for me in a way too.
    I see you as a beautiful desert flower….letting your bright colours show even though you would find it easier to close up like a spent bloom.
    I just know that God loves for courage and determination to finish your race WELL.
    May He daily strengthen you and give you bright HOPE for the future.
    You are LOVED.


  2. Mary said it too Shelly, do you hear them? The great cloud of witnesses? They are praying for you too.
    Oh how I love you!


  3. Wow! I needed that. I’ve been crashing on a day when I didn’t have time to. I’ve been willing my body to keep moving and because of lack of energy allowed my eating to get out of whack. Needless to say my attitude stinks. So thank you for being faithful and being an instrument of God to pull me back from the brink. . Be blessed my dear friend.

  4. What beautiful pictures!! You are always in my prayers, Shelly.

  5. Thank you, preciosa, for this clear and loving reminder to BLOOM where we are planted! Thank you for letting God again speak to me through your words!
    Warmest heart hugs and lots of love to you!

  6. Thanks for continuing to bloom where you’re planted Shelly – and for this wonderful reminder of God’s plan in the desert places too. I was drawn back to some things I learned about vegetation in desert places and the perfect planning and timing that results in flowers covering an arid land. Only God could do that so perfectly!

    Praying for you dear friend,

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