And there she lay
In a garden blooming
Her soul soaking up the morning dew
Her petals opening
Her heart awakening
Enveloped by the sun
Soaked in his warming glow
(C)2020 Miriam E. Miles. All rights reserved.
Bloom was written as a response to the feeling that I am waking up. Waking up seems to be taking me a long time, however, I am coming to a point of revelation about that: it’s not how long it takes to bloom, but that you do bloom that counts.
How we all bloom is equally unique and valid – but our society teaches us both implicitly and unconsciously that we should be blooming at the rate of those who bloom fastest. The High Achievers becoming the ultimate growth measure, but how would it be if we all bloomed; all matured at the same rate?
I believe that when God says there is a season for everything and everything within its season, he isn’t just talking about plants and physical earth cycles. I believe he is talking as well about us. About our personal growth and the importance of recognising, accepting and celebrating the measure of growth we have in any given ‘season’ of life.
‘There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven— A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to keep silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. ‘Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 AMP
As we allow the God of love and grace to unfold our journey one day at a time we provide space for him to speak and reveal that which will empower and mature us.
I have spent most of my 45 years hellbent on being first, being at the front of the pack, being on top of things and being one of the forerunners of anything I could be, but the truth is that all this has done has taught me how to be a supremely anxious person.
So much energy has been poured into becoming that I have missed so many opportunities to just be. I even wrote a little eBook about becoming the best you, and now feel like that has to be entirely rewritten from this new place of revelation.
But God alreayd knew that I would find myself at this point. He hasn’t been and never will he be in a hurry to bring me (or any of us) to maturity until our appointed time. He’s not concerned about the time it takes us to understand the complexity of a God who forgives or to comprehend the vastness of divine power. He’s not worried when we muck things up and spend months, maybe even years or decades unravelling the knots we’ve tied ourselves up in.
So why are we?
For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.2 Peter 1:3 TPT
The bottom line is that we have no idea how long our individual lives are. We know not the day or the hour we will meet our Maker and all he asks of us is to seek him first and know that he will provide everything else we need.
So then, where does that leave us over-achievers?
Setting a new goal: working toward achieving the desires God has put into our beings and being content with the speed at which this unfolds, even when it is slower that we want it to be. And then keeping our eyes on our own path to maturity, quick to trust God’s plans, slow to compare to those he has for others.
Many blessings to you,