My first job was mowing lawns for a couple of families in my neighborhood. At times, one of those neighbors would ask me to take on the weeding and clean out a flower bed that was overgrown. For the most part it was a pretty easy job. Well, it was until I got to those pesky weed trees (I don’t know their real name). You know those small trees that pop up and grow really fast. I thought I could just pull them out of the ground. They were only about 2 feet tall and an inch or so in diameter. How hard could it be — right?
Have you ever attempted to pull something up out of the ground with deep roots, such as a plant or a tree? Suffice it to say, I learned it can be very difficult to do. Some roots run both vertically and laterally in an attempt to help support the life and stability of the plant or tree. I had to dig and dig. And once I got it out, the taproot was as long, if not longer, as the stem above the ground.
Deep roots matter. Being rooted is essential to the life of any plant. It is also important for human life. Simone Weil has said “To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” Being rooted is indeed one of our basic needs. Only when we are rooted we can grow. And when we are rooted in Christ, we can weather the storms, and we can live forever.
[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8, AMP,*)
God wants us to be deeply rooted in Christ and to know Him intimately. Only then can our lives be what He wants for us. Henri J.M. Nouwen says it this way, “When we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.”
Let’s start off 2017 seeking to grow deep and live tall as individuals and as a church — Rooted In Faith! See you in worship on New Year's Day at 10:30 a.m.
P.S. Let’s finish strong the race we have started. 2016 has been a great year of Discipleship — making and loving our neighbors. There are only a couple more days left, and we need your help to finish 2016 strong. Every gift matters, so please consider making a special year-end gift today. Gifts can be made online or by mail.