Root: the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibers.
We all are rooted somewhere, whether we know it or not. Depending upon where we are rooted, our lives can either be rich and healthy, or withering and thirsty.
When roots go down into soil that isn’t good, whether it’s because of rocks, or other weeds, or the soil just isn’t deep enough, the plant will not live long, nor will it live well.
A wonderful part of the choice to follow Jesus is knowing that His soil is deep, and rich, and full of life. The only deal is that we have to allow Him control. We must surrender our perceived rights to our own soil, asking Him to clear out the weeds, to pick up the rocks, and to fertilize the ground beneath us.
The ground that we used to sink our roots into is no longer sustainable. It was never sustainable, if we’re honest, and we knew that. We were just afraid to dig up our roots and place them somewhere else because our comfort tells us it’s not safe.
But nowhere are our lives more safe than in the deep, living love of Jesus.
Being rooted and grounded in His love washes away fear, clears away the mud and murkiness of the ground beneath us, and tears away the weeds that would entangle and choke us.
We can breathe with this ground beneath us because we’re receiving life.
Sometimes it may not feel this way, because the sun and the world around us is hot and uncomfortable, and we can’t see beneath the surface below us. But our roots go deep, beyond what can be seen. And even the hottest of days and the rainiest of nights that seem to wreck us actually produce stronger and fuller life.