This week I heard the word “blooming” used in a way I wasn’t familiar with. I had always thought of blooming only in the sense of flowering or blossoming. The word “blooming” can be used as an adjective or an adverb, rhyming with crewman or human, is chiefly British and was probably a euphemism for “bloody” as in a bloody fool. It is used as a generalized intensive.
This happens to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love to see all the trees budding and flowers blooming, the grass turning green and lawns getting cut, flower beds being cleaned up, and gardens started. Unfortunately for so many with seasonal allergies this is not a favorite time of year but one of dread. Green dust covers our cars and the pollen count climbs higher. I see many with puffy itchy eyes and congestion. It makes me wonder how something so beautiful can cause so much heartache and discomfort? The pollen’s got some blooming nerve!
At the same time, there are horrible things like cancer or many other trials and tribulations that are not beautiful in and of themselves but can bring forth beauty. It’s like a bulb or seed in the ground…ugly, dead, lifeless, hidden. After a period of time and nurturing in the soil, with some warmth from the sun, and some water, a new life pokes out of the ground and blooms for all to see!
This is the same in our lives. A bad report, some unwelcome news, a loss, or a heartache happens. Our heavenly Father holds us in His bosom, comforts us, cradles us, gives us hope, warms us in the Son, refreshes our spirit with His Word, and once again we are ready to bloom in a new place where He has planted us for yet another season in life.
My oldest daughter loves lilacs and when we moved to our current house I planted a lilac tree that was only about 18″ high. It took several years before we even had one bloom on the tree and while we waited she aptly named the tree “Patience.” It is now tall and full of lovely blossoms but they didn’t come overnight. It took a lot of love and nurturing, some very cold winters, and a time of waiting before others could enjoy the beauty and fragrance that it gives off.
“I will put beautiful crowns on their heads in place of ashes. I will anoint them with oil to give them gladness instead of sorrow. I will give them a spirit of praise in place of a spirit of sadness. They will be like oak trees that are strong and straight. The Lord himself will plant them in the land. That will show how glorious he is.” (Isaiah 61:3 NIRV)
Blooming where you are planted (amidst your trials) is a bloomin’ good place to be!