Last Words

Bloom where you’re planted.

Those were some of the final words of my favorite course at CIU.  I’ll be honest.  At first, they didn’t make much sense. 

I mean, all semester we had been talking about the Bible.  We observed how its story progresses and felt it reach its climax in the coming of Christ.  We learned the importance of teaching the whole story of the Bible, not just our favorite parts.  We discussed characteristics of effective Bible teachers.

So naturally, on the last day of the class I was expecting some amazing new insight or fresh idea that would blow my mind like had happened so many times before.  I wrote the sentence down in my notebook and didn’t really give it much thought, but for some reason I haven’t forgotten it.  It has taken two years, but I am just now beginning to grasp the significance of that challenge and its relevance to everything we learned in the class.

One of my biggest enemies is the temptation to focus on the future at the expense of the present.  I can’t wait to live there or I can’t wait to do that.  You probably know how it goes.  But none of those things are guaranteed.  In fact, tomorrow isn’t even a certainty.  All I have is today and what God has given me to do with it.

I missed the depth of the above statement because of its simplicity.  It didn’t sound like the fitting end to an amazing semester.  But it was perfect.  It was just what I needed to hear then and what I need to remind myself of today.  As far as I know, today is all I have.  As far as I know, here is where I’m called to be.  As far as I know, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

Who knows when a change will come along, but for now my responsibility and desire is this: to bloom where I’ve been planted.

-Abbey Le Roy

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