Genesis 1:11-13; Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:7-8

 Jesus said, “For each tree is known by its own fruit,” and it’s often said, the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. Both are true in my experience and by my observations. We grow where we are planted.

But at the same time, I hear the teaching of my friend Bambi McCullough who taught me about my Default Future. She sent me on a journey of self-reflection to explore what my life would be like if I continued on the path I was on. After giving me two weeks to contemplate that future, she posed a more challenging question, “Is that the future you want? If so, that is fine, persist. If not, you must take action to alter the course.”

This plunged me into deeper reflection. I was living a life beyond my imagination. As I often tell people, “If you would have assured me as I graduated college that I would have experienced any one of the five amazing careers I experienced, I would have thought you mad and would gladly have signed on right there. At the time she issuedd the challenge, my Default Future as it was unfolding was bright and exciting. But at the same time, I knew there was more to come. I knew God had much more to offer me.

Sometimes it’s not just about our actions, the dramatic change requires another. Think Move a Saplingof the acorn, It grows where it is planted (its Default Future), unless someone picks it up and carries it elsewhere. And so it has been in my life. I have grown and thrived where I was planted, but from time to time – just at the right time – someone came along, picked me up and carried me to a different garden – each garden more amazing than the last.

Today, I am grateful for those people who carried me to new soil and transplanted me. I pray for others who will transplant me once again.

Grateful for those who plant me in new gardens,

Robert