|Posted on February 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM|
“BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED”
In the late 80’s early 90’s I worked for The City Of Marshall, Texas. I was employed in the Water Utilities Dept. It was a good job, with lots of good folks working there. A lot of whom have gone on to be with The Lord today. During the four years that I worked there, occasionally we would have to go out to The Sewer Treatment Plant to do some type of repair or maintenance. It was a pretty neat operation.
A quick breakdown of the operation....the raw sewer is collected at the plant. After it is sent through a series of machinery, basically the solids are separated from the liquids. The liquids are treated and cleaned and released back to the ecosystem. The solids are like a purée form which are drained into large drying beds. In these beds the solids are left to dry out in the sun until there is no moisture left in it. It is then loaded into a large incinerator where it is burned. These drying beds are approximately 40’x60′ by 2 ft. deep. The drying time was probably around 30 days or more, depending on the weather.
It was amazing to go out there and see all the things growing in these beds. Any seed that got flushed in the city, was now growing at the sewer plant. From marijuana to tomatoes, there was a number of plants growing. Even the presence of some flowers would sometimes show up. These flowers would be more beautiful than any you had ever seen in it’s natural habitat, after all it was growing in 100% fertilizer.
Later in life, while preparing a word to share with my Sunday School Class, The Lord reminded me of the flowers growing at the sewer plant. Now the flowers were designed to bloom, add beauty to our world, as well as provide food and nectar to certain birds and insects in our world. The sewer plant was surely not a pretty or a desirable place to be, but when the flower found itself there, it just did the only thing it could do, just “Bloom”…….. That was it’s purpose.
Sometimes in life we find ourselves in less desirable places or areas and situations we don’t want to be in. However we must always remember to do and be what God designed us to be. We were designed to have fellowship with God. And if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are to be Salt and Light to a dark and dying world, no matter the location we find ourselves in. It is what we were designed to do. Take a lesson from Nature, no matter where you are on any given day, Be what God called you to be and do what God called you to do. Just like the little flowers……….If even in the middle of a “Dung Heap”….. Bloom where you are planted. Bringing light and beauty to even the ugliest place, simply by doing what you were designed to do……Bloom!
Lord help me to always do what You designed me to do, be Light to a dark world.