People Always Look for Roots
Either we want to set down roots, find our roots, or cover our roots with dye.
Roots, like people, come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Some are small, delicate, and easily damaged; others are larger, stronger, and withstand the passage of time and the inevitable battles that come along with life.
I am human.
A small, delicate root that would break off if I wasn’t attached to another, more substantial one.
His strength, unfailing love, and grace, build me up when I would otherwise break.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the churches. I am the root, and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.” Rev. 22:16
Putting Down Roots is Tough Without Jesus
I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to create a stable place for my children; a rough task when you’re married to someone in the service.
Every three years we’ve packed up our lives and moved to a new duty station. Some of these places have been better than others, and some of them I’ve been more than willing to see in my rearview mirror.
No matter where, the places have taught me something, and led me one step closer to Jesus.
Today the sun is shining brightly outside, and flowers are beginning to bloom. Gardens are being planted and the seedlings are burying their roots deep into the moist soil.
My children have also put down roots.
They have friends and activities, and they’ve started knowing the routes to places we go often. It brings me joy to hear them state where we’re going based on landmarks.
Within a few months, however, things will be changing again. My husband’s time as an Active Duty Marine is coming to an end, and our family will be facing the shift from military to civilian life.
This will likely mean not just a change in routine, but a change in location as well.
My eldest hopes to remain in the area she has grown familiar with.
The possibility she’ll have to leave her friends is an emotional trigger for her, and has led to a number of angst-filled conversations and outbursts.
My other two children are still too young to understand, and at this point, I count that as a blessing.
God Knows His Plans
Currently we don’t know where the LORD will lead us.
Daily we pray for His guidance and that we trust in Him.
My husband and I aren’t making any plans without prayerful consideration, because we understand our wants don’t always align with God’s plans for us. Since we want Him to use us to further His glory, we will follow Him.
While there is a possibility my daughter will get her wish, and we will remain in our current community, we continue to pray for her understanding that His will is so much bigger than our own.
A lesson that has taken me well into my thirties to start to understand.
Even though we haven’t settled in a location where we can put down the traditional ‘roots’ of a house, a garden, and community involvement that lasts longer than three years– I know our roots are in the best possible place– Jesus. He will nourish us, strength us, and help us grow no matter where we end up physically.
Have you put down permanent roots in Jesus?