Rooted

Rooted

Yard work. Spring has sprung, and so have the weeds. My husband does most of the yard work, but one thing falls to me. The flower beds.

I love to garden, but I hate weeds. Hate them.

When I finally make it outside for my semi-annual weed pulling, two kinds of weeds stand out. The Jack-and-the-Beanstalk kind and the one that snaps off at the top and leaves the root, giving the enduring promise of more. Gee, thanks.

Both kinds have roots that are tough to remove, which fit beautifully with the verse that caught my eye this morning.

“A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.” (Proverbs 12:3 NIV)

Poor choices will never establish a man. The man marked by bad judgment is easily undone. Uprooted. Unraveled. What looked good on the outside is exposed, and the game is up.

But check out the righteous man (or woman). Weed killer, spades, a shovel. They ain’t coming up. They are tenacious. Persistant. Stubborn—in a godly kind of way. Why? The choice to feed on the essentials. Just as plant roots need nutrients for healthy growth, spiritual nutrition is vital too. Food and water, vitamins and minerals, and Sonshine.

So, what’s your root like? Are you cultivating spiritual growth and root strength? Are you tapping into something deep? Someone who will keep you grounded and sustain life?

How ‘bout the kids? Are they anchored by activity or by the Word? Are their roots reaching for shallow things or going deep?

As you rev up the lawn mower and dust off the garden tools, let God speak to you. Tune your ear to the whispers of the Holy Spirit and learn from the creation around you.

Even the weeds.

Questions:

To what is your root anchored?

What is feeding you?

Are you thriving?

How ‘bout the kids?

What is their focus?

On what are they feeding?

How is their spiritual health?

Tweetables:

Just as plant roots need nutrients for healthy growth, spiritual nutrients are vital too. Click to tweet.

Tune your ear to the whispers of the Holy Spirit and learn from the creation around you. Even the weeds. Click to tweet.

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