I love gardening… flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruits, shrubs. I love plants and digging around in the soil, weeding, planting, and tending. Getting my hands and bare feet into the earth and listening to the sounds of nature is a happy place for me. Good soil. Plant food or fertilizer. Regular watering. Sunshine. All of these in needed amounts. Added to healthy plants with good roots.
This makes me think about the amazing roots! They draw nourishment up into the plant, which in turn provides what the plant needs to grow and flourish. Roots hold the plant securely, supporting it. Strong and deep roots hold firmly. Have you ever tried to pull up an unwanted or unneeded plant that had long, deep roots? It can be quite a job to get up! Shallow roots do not hold securely and are easily pulled up.
Just like those plants with strong and deep roots, God is our source and through Him we can hold firmly. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he encouraged them to continue their lives in Christ, “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith.”* Our roots are our connections with God. It is from Him that we draw our nourishment. He sets us strongly in a place where we can flourish and grow.
Have you ever found that you have set your roots into unhealthy places or situations? Instead of drawing positive and nourishing things for our lives, we find ourselves withering and unable to thrive. I’m thankful that through God, we can leave those places, and that He can transplant us when we call on Him for help.
I ask myself, “Am I caring for my roots? … What am I doing to help strengthen or establish the roots of those around me?” Maybe you have asked yourself similar questions too.
May we take positive steps to look at ourselves and our connections to others, not neglecting our root care. Reach down deeply and draw on God our source so that we can grow and better care for and support each other. Through Him we can stand firmly.
• Youth is full of energy • Energy can be guided to much good • Things bursting upon us may catch us unprepared • We build hard exteriors to shield our inner being • Holding onto bitterness will cause us to explode • It is difficult to grow when dry and malnourished • Accepting our imperfections develops inner peace • Beauty can come from brokenness • Cracks allow access to nourishment • Opening up enables us to receive as well as give • Things which bring joy are the seasonings of life • The Spirit within ourselves is the source of good
• This place where we are planted needs nourishment • As we are nourished, we grow • Sometimes things are rocky, and it is difficult for our roots to grow • Our dirt can become toxic and in need of cleansing • Tensions and stress can be released by working in the soil • For positive results plant and water regularly • There are many byways and wonders within the earth • These ways can be places of peril or roads to safety • Carefully tend your homeplace which is your support and foundation • The Gardener watches over the plants in His garden