Growing where God plants us is something we can all learn from, regardless of age. As our lives unfold, we find ourselves in various places and locations. We can choose to build God’s Kingdom or do our own thing in each area we are planted.
The seasons of life are numerous. Unlike winter, spring, fall, and summer, which are consistent, life’s seasons don’t work that way. Some seasons come quickly and leave with little or no warning. When seasons are short, we often want an explanation from God. The end of a relationship, a miscarriage, the loss of a job, or our health can leave us questioning the Lord.
Joseph Was Planted
The Lord planted Joseph as the son of Jacob in Israel. Later, he would be sold into slavery and planted as a slave in the house of Potiphar. Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph, placing him in the Pharoah’s prison. Yet through all these times of being planted and uprooted, Joseph bloomed where he was planted.
Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. 
Make the Best of Life
Sometimes life is hard, like the life of Joseph. Life does not always go according to our plans. We may not be able to control where we are planted, but we can control how we respond to life’s twists and turns. Growing where we are planted is a choice to do so. It was not an accident that Joseph was an exceptional person in any situation because this was who he was on the inside. His character reflected his relationship with the Lord, and the same is for us.
The Holy Spirit Helps Us Bloom
We don’t always know what to do where the Lord has placed us, but God does. The Lord is all-knowing and knows exactly why He has put you in a particular place. As we pray and seek the Lord over time, it will become clear why He has placed us here. Perhaps it is to be an encourager to those around you, be a role model, or bring light in the darkness. You are unique, and so is God’s plan for you to grow and bloom where you are planted. To learn more about growing where God plants us, listen here:
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ge 39:21–23). Tyndale House Publishers.