Monday, October 07, 2013

Feeling Uprooted? Stay Rooted in Christ!

Quite a few years ago my boss brought a plant to his office. It was one from his grandmother’s funeral. All these years he’s had that plant in his office. A couple of years ago he decided to divide it as the plant was getting huge! These divided plants were repotted and set in various offices including one in mine.  Slowly these plants began to show signs of stress. Leaves were blackening and some of the transplants were not even growing.  He decided to take the sick plants out of the soil and see what he could find.  To our surprise some of them had very few roots, others had huge tubers instead of healthy roots. To the ones that had little roots, He gently tugged them from the soil, dug his hands into the container and moved the soil around and got it loosened. Then he returned those plants to the soil. To the ones who had huge tubers he scraped the sides of those “knots” and made a way for better roots to grow. One held such a huge tuber that he cut that one in half.  All were placed back in the pots and watered well. 

Without the care of a gardener those plants would have continued their decline and eventually shriveled up and died. Without someone going to their aid, for they could not fix themselves, the end was inevitable. They would have been thrown onto the compost pile. But by the hand of the gardener they will now thrive and grow and produce more than they ever have. 

God speaks to my heart: Oh child of Mine. I know you feel that your life has been pulled up by the roots.  You were content with your surroundings; you were fine with your place. It all looked so good. Yes, there were little problems here and there but you saw yourself as sitting pretty. But you see, my beloved one, I want you to flourish.  I want your roots to grow deeper and your life to grow stronger. I want your heart to be readjusted as often as needed so that you see My purpose beyond your conditions.  You can trust Me, even when things seem to crumble away from you, even when the earth beneath you seems to give way.  You can quit struggling within yourself with those around you because I AM the one who holds you securely and sets you just where I want you. Do not despair for  only I AM the one who moves you, changes you, blesses you and encourages you.  I AM your gardener and My ways are not your ways, but you can rejoice in the changes for they will turn out for your betterment and My glory. And as I tend the garden of your heart, I want you to let your roots grow deeper in Me for that is how your life will truly flourish and you will display all My glory through your life.

Oh beloved, trust God! Let His Truth grow in your heart so that your roots will grow in Him. You can rest in God’s loving hands. He alone is sovereign. He alone is king. He alone is able to readjust your life and even in the pain He alone will make it all good for He loves you and He’s for you and that’s all that really matters.

Hebrews 13:21 may He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.

Psalm 92:12 -14 But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.  For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit;  they will remain vital and green.

Colossians 2:7 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.

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