Feeling less than or inadequate stems from our worth and value being rooted in a false, negative identity, leading to a sense of unreality and fractured feelings of not fitting in or truly belonging anywhere. So we fail to bloom well where we are planted.
These thoughts catch us off guard and can make us act unwisely. We might bend to the conflicting will of another purely because we don’t value who we are or Whose we are. We fail to see our inestimable worth in God and end up denying our identity as His chosen Beloved child.
I am rooted in life’s gritty reality, subject to being pulled any which way by the world, though my heart seeks to remain stable, intent on Holy connectivity, silence and stillness in the midst of noise and busyness.
I am also rooted firmly in Christ and grafted into Him by faith. While I might sway to the force of secular winds, I try to obey the wise and gentle admonishment of Holy Spirit, while He teaches me how to live and love as Jesus does.
We see a tree stretching tall, leafy and green, lush and full
and we have cause to wonder from what stock and soil this
magnificent specimen sprang. Because the roots will always
determine every bearing branch, encircling lifeline and what kind
of fruit will flourish here, revealing the source of where it all began
A sorry, spindly offering is a sign of inherent weakness within
suggesting its flaws, sadly too real, are also irredeemable
if they’re rooted in deficient raw materials, and depletion
is apparent to all. Yet somehow life is salvageable when it
is grafted onto stronger stock, from which nutrients are drawn
Then we might witness a miracle of growth, a healing taking place
as the weaker sapling seeks its strength from a scion, taking
what it needs to become all our Creator-God intended it to be
and growing hardier each day. Seeds of hope are also sown in us, as
we watch and see how much this tree resembles our fallen humanity
We reflect on the earth from which we came, the tangled roots beneath
our feet which continue to make us trip and fall, face down in soil,
made low by life, by pain and pressure, fear, anxiety and stress
adding to the duress as society steals our dreams, confines and
constrains us tight, while we lose the very ground on which we stand
Spiritual growth is rarely an overnight or linear event. We constantly get tangled up in things that seem to impede our progress. We might feel small, flawed and useless but God sees all we are in the process of becoming by His grace.
“An oak tree starts life as an acorn hidden in the dirt. Nobody would ever know it was there. But contained within that tiny, hidden thing are all the makings of beauty, might, splendour and shelter. The little acorn simply takes a lifetime to become all that it was always meant to be” ~ Heidi Baker, ‘Into the heart of God’
You and I can take heart in being rooted in Someone so much stronger than we are. His Life pulses through our veins. His merciful Love means we’re never alone or ashamed.
**Friends, these probably won’t be my final thoughts on “rooted” but I will be focusing more on “joy” next as it’s my God-given #onewords365 for 2018. Watch this space!** 🙂
Spiritual reflections I can so identify with, Joy. I, too, so easily forget who I am and Whose I am. My neighbor has a beautiful plaque on her hallway door that says “Beloved.” I love it! When I walk past it, I try to remind myself to believe I am His beloved child. Have a Blessed 2018! Love and hugs to you!
Dear Trudy, I’m glad I’m not the only forgetful one in respect of my Beloved status before God. What a great idea to have a plaque you see daily as a glorious reminder of it! I might just look into what’s available for the word “joy” so that I am less apt to forget to seek the joy of the Lord in all things. Thank you for your lovely greeting. May we both grow in love and grace, in joy and peace, resting in Whose we are and what an amazing difference it makes to our lives! Love and hugs to you, sweet friend. xo 😊💜
Oh this is so touching for me tonight, as I am pondering my own new word for this year, of “sufficiency.” Only as I look to HIM will I be able to see this:
“Then we might witness a miracle of growth, a healing taking place
as the weaker sapling seeks its strength from a scion,”
I needed to read this so much, in this place of weary overwhelm, when I can hardly imagine how I will ever have strength again. But yet, HE is the scion that I am being grafted onto, and He is so sufficient for everything I will need. Thank you for the ways that you have lived out your word of “rooted” this year, through all the ways the Father has been your strength. I have been so blessed to see Him in you my friend! May you be blessed with abundant JOY, dear Joy, in this year ahead. Much Love and Hugs across the pond! xoxo
Dear Bettie, what a wonderful, reassuring word you have been given! God longs for us to develop a growing awareness of His all-sufficiency for our every need. As you cling closer to the Vine and draw your strength from being strongly rooted in Him, may you be full of peace and gratitude for the marvellous ways in which God desires to reveal His Love to you! You are so cherished, my friend, by the Lord and all who know you. Your weakness and broken places are simply holes for God to fill with HIS grace and strength. Bless you and your kind, encouraging thoughts. I often fail to see the ways in which I might have grown. Abundant JOY sounds wonderful to my heart! May it be so for you and me. Much love and hugs returned to you across the pond! xoxo 💜
Happy New Year, Joy!
This post is so full of the wisdom and truth of being rooted — deeply rooted– in God so that in him, we live and move and have our being. And I love that your word for this year is joy — an integral part of who you are (my middle name is Joy so I feel that too)!
From God we get our strength and hope and faith, but only if we stay rooted in that source of life and that’s the challenge, isn’t it? Even though the year ahead is uncertain, God will walk with us through whatever lies ahead — and I’m praying what lies ahead for you is good health, abundant blessings and much love for 2018! xoxo
Happy New Year, Valerie! I love how you describe rooted as the way we live, move and have our being in God. Yes, that is it! I am also delighted to hear your middle name is Joy and we share the pleasures and pitfalls of being so called. It’s a name that I chafed against for years, especially as my mother (who I had an ambivalent relationship with) also shared it as her diminutive of Joyce. Seeing it as “an integral part” of who I am, rather than a name I fail to live up to, is already an awakening thought for me. Thank you for sharing it!
I agree that abiding in Christ is the best way to receive “our strength and hope and faith”, rooted as we will then be to the Source of every good thing. The start of this year has been less than healthy for us, with family members subject to colds, coughs and flu. Although it amazes me that I haven’t succumbed much yet, thanks to God’s great strengthening mercy and grace, it is still pretty wearying trying to support my husband in his sickness. He’s quite unwell and unable to look after himself, never mind take care of me as he usually does. Therefore your prayer is timely and deeply appreciated, thank you! May you also be showered with abundant blessings in 2018, sweet friend. Love and hugs! xoxo 💜
Encouraging final (or not!) thoughts on your one word, rooted, Joy! It is a wonderful spiritual concept, being rooted in Him, and one I love to ponder and think upon. Blessings on your new year!
Amen, June! We could spend the rest of our lives learning how to plumb the height and breadth and depth of being rooted in Christ and still not fully grasp its wonder or implications for us. Keep on pondering, dear thoughtful friend. God will reward your meditations on His Word. I hope and pray the days, weeks and months ahead will be full of enlightened creativity and JOY for you! xo 😊💜