BY: CINDY JACKSON
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BIBLE TEXT: “And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there.” –1 Corinthians 7:17 (The Message)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: God has always spoken to me through nature, and a couple of months ago, on a beautiful fall day, He took the time to speak. Tim and I were hiking around Lake Malone in Kentucky, and as we followed the trail, I paid close attention to the trees. The leaves were changing, and they formed a canopy of red, yellows, and greens over us. Most of these trees grew straight and tall, their seeds having fallen in the perfect spots for growth; I began to notice, however, that occasionally there would be a tree growing in the poorest conditions and in the most unlikely spots, in a few inches of soil or in a crack in a rocky cliff.
One tree in particular stood out as it had sprung out of a few inches of poor soil and had grown horizontally, not having room to grow straight up among the trees surrounding it. Its huge roots spread out over rock and clung to mere inches of dirt. This wasn’t a small sapling but a huge tree. It had found a way to grow in unlikely and unfavorable conditions. I heard God very softly whisper, “Grow where I plant you.” That whisper continued like a soft song as we walked. Through the years, I have often fought “growing where God has planted me.” I have begged for better conditions, circumstances, or opportunities. I have used excuses: If my children were older . . . If I had more time . . . If I weren’t at the soccer field all the time . . . If, if, if.
When that “horizontal” tree’s seed fell in that spot, it did what it was created to do. It sprouted and grew. It found a way to grow and thrive, not waiting to be carried to a better spot. God continued that day and continues to this day to whisper, “Grow where I plant You.”
PRAYER: Father, Thank You for Your voice that whispers in my ear. Always open my ears to hear Your still, small voice. Lord, please help me to be content and not fight against growth where You have chosen to place me. Plant my roots firmly where You want them to be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy has been married to Tim Jackson for 26 years, and they have three children: Audrey (22), Tyler (18), and Drew (16). Cindy has been a homeschool mom for 18 years and has been teaching at Liberty Christian Academy tutorial for 16 years. She spends most of her time as a soccer mom, traveling the state and country with Drew. Reading, writing, and cooking are her favorite pastimes. Although a teacher, she is really a student at heart, always desiring to learn more.