Herb Roots


Ephesians 3:17-19

And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and ground in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

Thought for the Day:  Root yourself in the love of Christ.

Taking the herb plants that my youngest son and I planted from seed several months back and repotting them was such a delight.  As we drove by a home store, my son yelled out, “I know what to get Daddy for his birthday.  Let’s go there!”  I had wanted to go to that store for a couple of weeks, but put it off because I knew if I bought what I needed, it would be a hard job….and hot.  But, my six-year old son convinced me.  Our first mission when we entered the store was for him to pick out his gift.  I let him push the cart and I walked behind him as he looked at the different items.  It took a while for him to find what he wanted but when he did his mind was set.  We then began looking at pots and other herbs for my herb garden.  What fun we had together in the store and when we got home to repot the herbs.  As I pulled each herb from its original pot, I had to carefully separate the mingled roots.  I also felt as I pulled and tugged on them that I might be hurting them.  As I worked on each plant however, I realized how the tangled, mingled roots had kept them from growing as well as they could, and as I put them in new pots with fresh potting soil, I knew the roots would have room to grow.

Life is a lot like those herb plants, we grow sedate in the life we live and our roots become tangled and mingled where we are.  God sees this and realizes that we need to be “repotted” and our roots need to be pulled a part and separated.  This way, our roots can find fresh soil in which to grow.  There are days I feel that God is doing this to me.  He finds me sedate and doing the same mundane things over and over, and he pulls the roots apart and repots me where I will be more apt to do more creative and better things.  “Pull my roots apart Lord and place me in the soil where You want me to grow.”

Prayer:  God, You told us to bloom where you’re planted.  Help us know where you want us to “plant” ourselves and help us separate those roots that have held us down for so long.  Move us where our roots can grow healthier and where we can bloom where You want us planted. Thank you for “hurting” our roots where we can feel new growth.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Gardeners

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