Lately I have had the opportunity to watch the morning podcast, “Grounded,” where I am offered “a daily infusion of hope and perspective” throughout this pandemic. Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis do a fabulous job encouraging hearts through this interesting time. And one of the things they have talked about is how important it is to be rooted in Christ – to have our faith go deep into God and His Word so that we are able to withstand the storms of life.
If you are a gardener you know that getting some of those seedlings up and going can be a bit tricky. At least for me. 🙂 And many times it’s because the storms of plant life come before they are able to take root. But man, once they take root, some of those plants can barely be uprooted even when I try to uproot them at the end of the season. The strength of the plant is in the roots. It’s the roots that keep it standing tall when the rains come and the winds blow. And so it is with us. Let’s consider our own life roots and what it is that we are being grounded in.
Scripture has a lot to say about this. If we do not make sure our hearts are planted by the stream of Living Water, we will have trouble taking root and growing strong in our faith. We will be tossed to and fro by the storms of life.
Take a look at Jeremiah 17:7-8:
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is in the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but it’s leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.
Here then is our antidote to fear and anxiety! Our greatest need is for Living Water…Jesus Himself. He is the One that infuses us with strength and hope and faith. And faith is like a muscle; the more you act on it, the stronger it gets. This is why those who have walked with God for many years and/or have had multiple opportunities to act in faith, can weather the storms of life with a bit more calmness.
I used to live in a desert climate where the only place you could find real large, strong, deciduous trees was by the river. In the desert there really is a huge difference between those trees planted in someone’s yard and those rooted by the river where their roots go deep and strong because of the water. Where we are planted makes all the difference.
So, let us root ourselves in Christ and in His Word so that we too can weather the storms of life without fear and anxiety uprooting our faith. And if you and I are both rooting ourselves in the Living Water, we will grow stronger together. Just as plants develop root systems underground that grow together and strengthen each other, so we too as sisters and brothers in Christ can grab hold of each other to weather the storms of life.
So glad to be your sister in Christ,