…but don’t be surprised if where you are planted is in a nursery.
I used to lead a landscaping company when I lived in Albuquerque. It was a great experience and it was an awesome opportunity to work for my friend there. I learned a lot during that time of my life. While working there I would take clients to a local nursery to get a better idea of the plantings I was suggesting for their landscape. Once the selections were made I would place the order.
Those plants I am sure were very content staying right there in the nursery. They had plenty of water and the appropriate lighting necessary for their growth. But there would come a day for those plants to be relocated to another location… possibly their permanent home.
Israel was taken care of by God while wandering in the wilderness. God lead them with a cloud by day and fire by night. They went were he lead. They grumbled and complained a lot. Yet the entire time Joshua was being raised up to lead them on into the Promised Land and out of the wilderness.
God has used wilderness experiences in my life to get my attention that it was time to go somewhere else. Now – I’m not saying that He leads everyone that way… that’s just how He has gotten me to make a move in one direction or the other.
No matter where you may be today in your walk with Christ – you will always be walking toward greater maturity. In order to do so that may mean you will have to step out of the nursery and into the wilderness for a bit. But take heart God will be there in the fog and will lead with fire. Bloom wherever God plants.