2016 Dubai Retreat | Bloom Where You Are Planted
Often times global workers have a hard time knowing where to call their home. One global worker shared, “We would find ourselves singing the song Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? It can be very unsettling knowing how long they will be somewhere. Sometimes it feels like they live week by week.
Our Thrive speaker Sue Eenigenburg is helping us learn how to be rooted in Christ. So what does that look like? The Apostle Paul encourages us that through Faith Christ dwells in our hearts and that we will be rooted and grounded by His love (Eph 3:17). We can often lose sight of that if our roots are not grounded in Christ. We can so easily root ourselves in things other than Jesus.
Sue says, “Fear and worry are always crouching at the doors of my heart, but because I’m rooted in Jesus he promises to never leave or forsake us. He will use whatever circumstance brought into our lives for His Kingdom and His glory.”
Whether we work and live in the States or work and live cross-culturally, being rooted in Jesus is really what keeps us strong and able to complete the task he gives for each and every one of us. Sue says, “It’s not often the size of your task, but your state of mind.” Sometimes for a global worker it’s the little challenges and struggles, and that can be something just as simple as trying to pick out milk in a foreign grocery store.
I feel like Sue really touched on a topic that really spoke to their their hearts. Personally, for me, I had been guilty of growing roots all in the world but not necessarily in Jesus. It was such a sweet reminder. One of the global workers shared that her mother once told her, “Bloom where you are planted.” I absolutely love that!
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
About the author
Melissa Periera currently resides in Bakersfield, California with her husband Jason. They have three kids, Collin (16) Alexa (13) and Hayden (7). She works full time at a construction & architecture company and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, working out, and serving at her home church. This is her first trip of this kind.View all articles by: Melissa Pereira
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