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How Are Your Roots?

rootsIs it just me, or are any of my middle-aged readers constantly having to get their roots dyed? Seriously, if more than four weeks go by, I have a white stripe down the center of my dark head and can be easily mistaken for Cruella de Vil or a frisky skunk. How do your roots look? Maybe it’s not grey that you battle but dark roots that want to expose you as a true brunette. Either way, let’s give a shout out for the invention of hair dye.

Roots. That word hasn’t just been on the top of my head but also on the top of my mind this week.

Ephesians 3:17—. . . so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being ROOTED and established in love, may have power together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

What does it mean to be rooted? As I admire the huge tree outside my window, I can’t help but wonder how many circumstances have swirled around it for the almost thirty years that it has been in the soil that makes up our front yard. When we moved in, it had already been part of the landscape for decades. Although its leaves continue to change, one thing that has remained the same is that it is firmly planted. No matter rain, sleet, or sunshine, that huge trunk is stable and immovable. Its roots are established.

If you’ve lived on the planet for very long, you know how quickly circumstances can change around us. To be steady and unwavering, our roots must reach deep into our understanding of God’s love for us. His love is unchanging and steadfast.

Deuteronomy 7:9—Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Psalm 86:15—But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Your stability in Him inspires me. Let’s keep reaching deeper to know Him more through His word and the renewing of our minds. Then we will be like the tree that Jeremiah refers to in Jeremiah 17:7-8:

But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

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