Bloom

Fair warning, I’m about to show my age here LOL. So I was jamming out to Audio Adrenaline while I was cleaning my house last Saturday and I remembered this old song from their 1996 album that was the bonus track. Do you remember bonus tracks? They would be an extra song after a long silence that followed the last song on the CD. You wouldn’t know it was there unless you accidentally let the CD run through the silence and then suddenly, this new song would play! It was pretty exciting to find a bonus track when I was in high school. These days bonus tracks don’t really exist the way they used to because you can’t accidentally find them and with everything digital, all songs are listed. At least I have not come across a bonus track in many years… anyway… 

So this song (I guess it’s called “Memoir” but since it wasn’t listed on the CD box, I always just called it “Bloom” — that’s the thing about bonus tracks, if it wasn’t named on the paper that came with the CD, you could call it whatever you wanted hahaha!) has lyrics that say “I’m a season past spring time, and my life has gone boom. Keep my eyes on the Father, everything is in bloom.” In 1996 this song meant nothing to me other than a fun “Easter egg” in the album and it had a catchy beat. Fast forward to last Saturday when I rediscovered this song. Suddenly, it was like, I get it. I’m older now, I’m a season past spring time. And it feels like it’s time to get my rear in gear and do all the things that have been on my heart to do (like this blog) that I, for one reason or another, never got around to doing. 

To me, this has multiple applications. 

One: sometimes when we read the Word of God it doesn’t always connect with us at that time until we lived some life and come back and suddenly that passage that we passed by has new meaning. This is why we have to remain constantly in His Word because the Holy Spirit can reveal new insights to us every day! Maybe certain passages may hold meaning for a certain season of life, but it may be a different passage at another time. Just depending on where we’re at in our walk.

Two: The past few posts on here (Perspective and Rise and Shine) have had to do with the fact that time is short, the Kingdom of God is drawing near, and we need to get it in gear and be about our Father’s business — right? We need to rise up and do the things that God has put on our hearts to do. It’s not too late! It’s never too late as long as you have breath! Just like that song reminded me that (well ok the lyrics said), I’m a season past spring time and everything is in bloom — that can be us right now. Even if you feel your springtime has passed, it’s not too late to be useful to God!

Read these verses on your own:
2 Corinthians 6:2
1 John 2:17
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and 11
John 9:4
Proverbs 27:1
Psalms 31:15
Psalms 90:12
Romans 13:11
Esther 4:14
Ephesians 5:15-17
James 4:13-14

If you have some scratch paper or a special notebook you like to use when you journal and pray, I’d encourage you to grab some paper and a pen and work through the verses above on your own so you can apply the Word to your life:

Make some notes or journal through it. What do you feel God is speaking to you about these verses?

Now here’s a challenge for your journal:

  1. What is something that has been on your heart to do for the Kingdom? It can be something that’s always been there, or something you feel stirring that’s fresh and new. What do you feel led to start or to do?
  2. What is one thing you can do to move closer to the thing you wrote down for #1? What is one step you can do this week, or even today?
  3. Pray and journal and let God lead you one step at a time to start working toward that thing that’s in your heart. God gives us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). He puts that desire in there and when we align with those God-given desires, He is faithful to finish the things He starts! (Philippians 1:6)

And for extra credit, here is a link to that song for those of you who may or may not remember it: 13. Memoir

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