I Got Roots of Truth
Spring has sprung and we are heading toward summer! Yay! More fresh air, flowers blooming, lighter later, and leaves turning all shades of green! If you are like Jerry and me, we take this time of year to get outside and look at what needs to be done! Well, this year was no different! We rolled up our sleeves, put on our garden gloves, dug out the picks, shovels, and of course the good old wheel barrel from the shed, and started working on our vision of what we wanted our yard and gardens to look like. This year’s vision ended up a tad bigger than other years as we decided to expand our garden and cut down a lot of old tired out shrubs! Before we could clean up a mess, we had to make a mess. We knew we would get dirty and sweaty and maybe a little sunburned and at our age a lot tired at the end of the day! But we dug right in. Literally. Well, I tried to dig, and I quickly found out I’m better at holding the shovel than using the shovel! (I’m giving credit to where credit is due) One thing I was good at, however, was taking the snips and cutting the roots away as Jerry dug so he could keep getting deeper to get all that dried up root system out of the ground.
As Jerry used all his manly energy on digging and pulling, and when I wasn’t using my snipping talent, I couldn’t help thinking of all the roots that were being disturbed. Some of those roots went really deep. It seemed like the bigger the shrub the deeper the roots went; and the harder it was to get the shrub out of the ground. Makes perfect sense, right?
We know we all have roots in our lives. Let’s look at both generational and spiritual roots. We were all born into a family. Whether yours was a small family where you were an only child. Or you came from a large family like me and Jerry, you still have roots. A family tree was started. Roots were planted where that family lived, and life began to grow and produce. As the roots went deeper, your family got stronger and healthier. That is in a perfect world, right? But we know people are flawed and maybe you don’t feel your family, or you got stronger or healthier. Maybe you are like a few of our shrubs where the landscaper didn’t dig down far enough when planting so the roots were exposed to the bad weather and struggled to maintain a healthy life. It would just be easier to pull those shrubs out and dump them over the bank not to be seen again. Spiritually speaking, do you feel it wouldn’t take much effort for someone to come along and destroy your life’s root system once and for all?
I have come to give life and give it to the full. John 10:10
Did you know God is for the family? After all, in his infinite power and wisdom He created Adam and Eve eventually to have children and grandchildren. The beginning of the family unit. If you know the history of this garden couple, you know their root system got shaken with sin and disobedience, thus getting them displaced from what could have been a beautiful life of abundant blessing and bliss. But wait! I said God was for the family, the generational root system! So, what happened?
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
The answer to this amazing Biblical question is, nothing, no one, not a thing! The enemy, Satin and his goonies will give their best efforts to kill, rob and destroy. They roam about to dig deep, twist, rip, and snip away at your roots until there is nothing left. The enemy will do whatever he can to cause argument, dissention, bitterness, calamity, disrespect, and the list goes on and on.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
We didn’t recognize the enemy in our newly expanded garden this year at first! We were very excited to see our veggies coming up and thought all is well. But then it happened. A few things started looking pale and sick. While tending to the garden, my favorite gardener (Jerry) noticed the nemesis. A big fat mole!! They got into a battle and the gardener won! He wasn’t going to let that critter destroy what was meant to feed us!
Adam and Eve did not recognize the enemy in God’s beautiful garden. You see their enemy wasn’t each other or the amazing animals God created for them to enjoy. They didn’t get an allergy from all the beautifully painted flowers, or somehow got scorched by the sun and became delirious. They took their eyes off all these things that were meant for good and instead looked at the one thing they were not supposed to dabble with. The one and only tree they couldn’t eat from. They looked away from the Creator. When Satin tempted, the first couple soon gave in. Not only did the family root system begin to break away, but they as individuals began to feel broken as well.
Let’s go back to Romans 8:31 and take it a step further. Verses 32 and 33 goes on to say. He [God] did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. How will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Isn’t this good news? We do not have to live with a broken, unproductive root system. Jesus Christ was willing to take that upon himself and desires to give us everything we need to grow and become who we are meant to be. He holds no record of wrong when we ask Him to take over the moles of our life. Jerry and I worked faithfully together and eventually got those old dried-up roots out. We put new soil and lush greens and vegetables in their place. We placed them where they will get proper sun and give them drinks when they are thirsty. We are doing what needs to be done to build the roots system for the best possible outcome.
I will never leave you or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
What needs to be done in your life? Are you battling with unwanted critters or old roots that keep you from growing? Maybe your root system feels totally broken. Maybe you took your eyes off God and what He wanted for you and looked at the one thing you shouldn’t have. Or could it be you’re just tired and worn out from no one tending to you. Whatever the case, our gracious Heavenly Father is the ultimate provider. He provided a way through His Son to tare away any dead root system and brokenness. Then loved us so much to shower us with the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us get our gloves on and roll up our sleeves and start digging? He wants to take all the old junk that belongs in the dump pile and replace it with fresh, vibrant, growth. You may have to dig deep into some areas that take a little sweat and tears. I know I have! But I know God never left me, has never forsaken me and the Holy Spirit is always with me. He makes all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 So be brave and start by digging into Gods Word, Pray His Word back to Him and let the Holy Spirit water those words and surround yourself with good gardeners. Those who care and will tend well. Soon you will see little shoots come up that produce what is meant in your life. Get fresh air and get a fresh view of what God has for you.
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think! Ephesians 3:20
We take look at the outside of our property now and see our vision coming along. Is it perfect? Not by a long shot! But we know the old roots are gone, we now have new roots growing and a fresh look at a greater plan and purpose.
Let this song speak to your roots!