Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Hope for the Heart Part 17 - Transplanting

The flowers are doing well in their new location. I wasn’t sure when I dug them up if they would flourish under the shadow of the eves. Sometimes I have transplanted my flowers and they seem to wilt at first. Then the roots start to tap into the new soil and a fresh crop of flowers grows.

God sometimes transplants us. Often we aren’t sure the new location won’t simply be a place where we will just wilt. Yet God can be trusted to do what is best. He sometimes picks us up from a familiar spot and we find ourselves in new situations or even locations and we feel fragile.

Every transplanted flower takes a bit of the old dirt with it…dirt that protects the roots and gives nourishment as the plant re- roots itself in new soil. When God transplants us we also take with us some of the ground we have grown in. We take the lessons learned and the memories made. We take with us the experiences of trusting God and of finding Him faithful. These things become part of the new soil as we put down new roots.

When God transplants us we can be sure the season will be right. We can trust His choice of the spot in His garden where just the right amount of sun and shade will help us flourish. We can know He will bring new blossoms to our lives even when we feel we are wilting in all the change.

“He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season…” (Psalm 1:3).

If you find yourself in a new place in life and feel like you are wilting, stop and consider these points so you can grow in new ways…

  • Embrace the change. Quit struggling and allow your roots to go down into your new soil knowing your Heavenly Father will nourish you in this new place.
  • Recall His faithfulness to you in the other times and places in your life. His track record is sure and He will not leave you in a sun scorched place to wither.
  • Look for things to praise God about in your new place. Praise will help hasten the new blossoms in your life.
  • Enjoy each day as a gift from Him.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Forgive me for resisting the changes You are bringing into my life. Let my roots go down deep into Your faithfulness and love. Bring Your fragrance through me to this new place and bring new growth to my life.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.