Grow Right Where You Are Planted
Well if you haven’t noticed… I haven’t written in a few weeks. I’ve been very busy with work and school, and when I’m not busy I just want to sleep. But… I finally picked up the laptop to write again!
So in the past few weeks, I’ve actually gotten into line dancing. It’s something I’ve always wanted to get into and I finally went out there and did it. And I love it! Feels good being back out on the dance floor… even though it’s a little different than what I am used to.
But let me tell you… trying something new feels good and is really refreshing. I know it is hard to put yourself out there and try something new. You’re afraid of what people are going to say, what people will think of you, if you’ll like it, if you’ll fit in.. whatever it is, we all come up with excuses for why we shouldn’t do something or try something we want to do.
We let all these people affect what we do and why we do it… let me just tell you… that’s a bunch of bs, and you are just coming up with excuses because deep down you are afraid. And we all have different things we are afraid of and different reasons for why we are afraid… But let me tell you when you step out of your comfort zone and finally do it, life starts getting good.
So I seem to get a lot of “inspiration” I guess you can call it from songs. And the funny thing is, it isn’t always Christian songs. Trust me, God speaks to people in many different ways… I guess one of the ways he speaks to me in through my love for music… especially country songs. I seem to find how it can relate to life and even God.
So why do I seem to finally write again and just seem to ramble on… well, you should all know by now that I'm good at that… but there’s always a point, so bear with me.
There’s a song (yes, of course, it’s country) that I came across a few days ago. It’s called “Getting Good”, I’ll leave the link for it down below if you want to listen. But the song is about this girl singing about wanting all these things, and when she gets them, she still isn’t fulfilled like she thought she would be.
It starts off by her saying:
Once I fall in love then I’ll be happy
But then you fall in love and there’s still a hole
Once I get some money it’ll all be easy
But then you get that money, you still feel broke
Once I get a little older, I won’t worry
Then you get older and it don’t feel like it should
I’m thinking once I learn to grow right where I’m planted
Maybe that’s when life starts getting good
Like she thinks falling in love will just solve all of her problems… and when she does, she realizes that she isn’t happy and she still has that hole inside of her. And she goes on with all of these different things and different scenarios… but nothing seems to work out like she thought it would. Until she realizes that she just needs to stop and learn to be happy with where she is in life, and then life will start getting good. And at the end of the song, she finally realizes this when she says…
I’ll realize my life’s already good, thank God that
My life’s already good
Now we all do this too. We sit here and say that if we just have someone that cares then we will be happy. If we just go get drunk we’ll forget about all of our pain and problems. If we can just fast forward a few years, then we will be in a better place. If we just…(fill in the blank), then we will be happy…
Yes, a lot of what I just said is very much true. Yeah, you read what I said right. I’m not gonna lie, a lot of it will make you happy and such… but it is all only temporary. It might get your mind off things for a little while, but then what happens when you’re off that high, or you end that relationship, or you lose that person who cared. I bet you wished you would’ve picked a more long term solution.
I always hear people say they need to work on themselves first, and then they will be happy and can focus on other things. Now while that is great, and yes… everyone needs some time to themselves, they are wrong too! Instead of turning to everything else but God… why not TURN TO HIM! Why not work on your relationship with him and grow closer to him. Because let me tell you, he is the only one that will still be there for you when no one else is. He will still be there after that high wears off. He will still be there even when you think you have done too much wrong.
So why turn to all these other things, or even ourselves, when we can turn to someone who will always be there and never leave us. Because he is standing right in front of you with his arms open wide… you just need to let him wrap those arms around you and let you feel his love for you.
We have all been put exactly where we are for a reason. We have all been thrown these obstacles to overcome. And they aren’t just for no reason. They are to mold you into the person God wants you to be… and sometimes we are too stubborn to see it right away, so he has to throw it at us again in a different way.
So next time instead of trying to solve the problem your way, or fill that hole inside of you your way… turn to God… ask him to fill that hole for you. I promise he will. It might not be the way you wanted it to be, but it will be the way you needed it.
This week I encourage you to stop and just pause for a minute. I encourage you to pause, and think about a few things you have done, or are currently doing to try and solve your problem and fill that hole inside of you. When you figure out what exactly that is, I encourage you to just pray about it. Pray that God will fill that hole for you. And then, stop trying to fix that problem and just wait and see how God fixes it for you… because I promise you he will.
Just remember to learn to grow right where you are planted, because that’s when life starts getting good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xebJj6ONjks (Getting Good By: Lauren Alaina)
Songs that stuck out to me this week:
(Dead Man Walking By: Jeremy Camp)
(Fighting For Me By: Riley Clemmons)
(You Say By: Lauren Daigle)
If you have any prayer requests, need more advice on this topic, or just need someone to talk to feel free to contact me at email@example.com.