Have you ever heard the saying “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”?
I have found in my 40 something years that this is so true. Even as an adult, I am still faced with decisions that can effect my self-confidence, my conscience, my reputation and even my health. I’m still learning the importance of knowing who I am and whose I am.
Recently, a friend was faced with harsh words from a critic and her take away was “BE DEEPLY ROOTED!” Although she felt the sting of being criticized, it did not change the trajectory of her life. She stood tall and strong because her roots are deeply planted.
Tree roots are genetically wired to grow deep. Did you know that? They are capable. The potential is there. Unfortunately, most roots stay shallow because the conditions aren’t right for deep growth. Imagine having the ability to grow into deep, never explored before places but being held back because of your surroundings. I think we can learn something here.
Roots need three things in order to grow to their full potential.
We aren’t to be planted and become content with shallow roots. Having shallow roots sets us up for failure. We will blow over when storms come. We are more susceptible to rot and disease in our personal lives because we aren’t getting the nutrients that we need to have healthy relationships. Our security will always be in question. Smiles will only come on sunny days when there is no threat of being shaken. We will tremble and doubt at the least bit of drizzle in the forecast.
If we root ourselves in the flesh, whether in others or in our own thinking, we will never be able to sustain ourselves when hard things come our way. We cannot feed off of others’ compliments and expectations for us. Flesh is temporary. Flesh disappoints. Flesh is imperfect.
Scripture tells us that we need to be rooted and built up in Christ.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
Having deep roots in Christ results in safety, security and satisfaction.
We need to be deeply rooted in the One who planted us. The One who has fruit for us to bear. The One who supplies all that we need to grow. Water. Soil. Room.
“blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
When we are rooted deeply in Christ, we are right at home. He supplies us with nutrients which come from His word. Oxygen which is the literal breath that you and I are breathing right now. And room. Boy, does He give us room to grow! He desires that we grow in this life as a believer all the way until our physical bodies perish. To keep moving forward. To spread our wings and move into places never touched before. He has planted us right where we are and his plans for us involve placing our faith in Him and stretching out into the dark, damp soil where we take light and health.
All the while, as we move and stretch and grow underground in the secret places with the Lord, the fruit we are bearing up top is phenomenal! Our leaves are green, we will not fear when the heat of life comes our way and we will never fail to bear fruit.
If you are feeling stuck my friend, it may not be because you have hit a rock. You’ve been given room. Perhaps when we are having difficulty seeing past our present circumstances, we should take a look at what we are feeding ourselves. Is it what the world has to offer or are we feasting from the Book of Life that never changes and always has a good return?
Let’s dig in to the Word, be ever thankful for the breath of life that we have, even if just for today, and let’s see where we can go.
I’m praying for us to be discontent with shallow roots, take in a tall drink of God’s word and watch our potential unfold as our roots grow down deep in Him–