Friday, March 20, 2009

Fingerprint Friday { redbud blossoms }

There's a reason God put certain plants in specific parts of the world and not in others.
They are able to get the right amounts of moisture, sunshine, and temperature that will help them grow to be the very best they can be.

Why, then, do we take these plants and trees and flowers from other parts of the country, or even from different countries altogether, with totally different weather and latitudes, and plant them in places not native to them? I suppose it is nice to have something familiar to grow if you have come from the same place as the plants did, but the truth is it is far harder on that plant to have to survive in the wrong environment, if it survives at all.

The same can be said for people.

God put us where we are from the day we were born for a reason.
He knew what you would become because of where you've been.
He wanted someone just like you, with all your uniqueness from being there.
And yes, sometimes we choose to step outside of the places He has for us,
yet when we come back to Him, we will thrive again.

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This is a Redbud tree, which I planted in my yard this fall. I was so excited to see these blossoms begin their show last week. I picked it because it is a native tree to my state and zone, and with the right care now it will someday thrive despite the dry, hot summers.

I am an advocate for educating yourself to grow plants native to your area - they may not be available at your mass-merchant hardware store, but it is worth the trip to a native nursery.

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Here's how to join in:

1. Blog with your interpretation of God's fingerprints.

2. Be sure to link so others can find the entire list of participants! Go over to PamperingBeki's blog to add your link to the list of participants.


Rosebud Collection said...

What a beautiful tree..I agree, we are all here for a is when we follow "our will" that we mess up and get lost for awhile..
I call that Fingerprint a Happy Tree..

Jill said...

We just moved from California to Georgia and I have really been missing home. One of my good friends said, you need to bloom where you are planted. She is so right, I need to let God do his work in me. Great fingerprint!!

artsyclay said...

A beautiful fingerprint! Your post makes me think of my daughter-in-law's sister and husband who adopted 3 siblings from a Ukrainian orphanage last May. They are learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture and just starting to bloom like your tree. It is a joy to watch them grow and flourish in the love of a new family.

p.s. I put the flour on my kids' faces for the photography assignment. Just having fun. :)

Southern Traditions Boutique said...

I love when spring comes :) It's such a beautiful time of year and totally reminds me that God is in control :)

Thanks for sharing!

PamperingBeki said...

Rebekah, that's just beautiful - both the picture and the words. Thank you for the reminder.

Lisa K. of XSBaggage and Co. said...

Wow, what an inspiring post and such a gorgeous photo! I'm going to print your words about "God putting us where we are from the day we were born for a reason.." and put them up where I'll see them throughout the day. Thank you!

Carrie said...

That is a beautiful tree!

Thanks for reminding me I'm right where God wants me to be.

littlebird said...

Makes me think of the lyrics in the Stevie Wonder song, As,

"We all know sometimes lifes hates and troubles
Can make you wish you were born in another time and space
But you can bet you life times that and twice its double
That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed "

Beadin By The Sea said...

Beautiful thoughts to go with a beautiful picture. God sure knows what He's doing doesn't He? The challenging part is for us to listen, hear Him, and obey.

Anonymous said...

I am inspired by your post. Even though we might get angry and not understand God, he has a plan to put us where we need to be and with the people we need to be with. We just need to trust him!