“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” Ephesians 3: 17-19
A short driving distance from our home lies an impressive 20 century building within a 500 acre park with farmlands called Dalgan, which houses the headquarters of the Columbian missionary society. This building is where the priest do their training, are sent out from, return to, and where in a well-managed cemetery within the grounds, many will then know their final resting place.
Also within the grounds are many well maintained footpaths, which the public are given access to for walking.
It was along one of those footpaths that we recently came upon this fallen tree.
Its girth and height were of huge proportions which led me to ponder why it had fallen in the first place. Having asked my husband as to why did he think it might have fallen he pointed out the root system which although a wide as the trees girth itself was so shallow depth wise.
“There’s your answer,” he said.
A recent sermon I heard, asked us to consider what kind of foundation our lives are built on and what depth of foundations do we know?
All of which got me thinking!
Do I present a strong fully functioning exterior, with perhaps masks to others, while my roots are actually weak and shallow? And, if I know my roots to be shallow, what then am I doing to deepen them? Am I spending time in the word, and with folk who will build me up rather than bring me down? Am I making sure, as best I can, to start my day settling myself in Him so that I’m not quite so easily tossed about when the storms come, as come they surely will?
I don’t know what sort of season you may be in right now but if it’s a hard one, perhaps even a sad “how long O Lord” one for you, then do please hang on and perversely, be encouraged. Why? Well as my husband also pointed out: some of the shallow root base may have come from an easy access to water meaning that the roots didn’t need to spread out or work at getting their nourishment. I’d even go so far as to say to you that this dry, hard season, when you need to “dig deep” just to hang on, when no easy answers seem to come, may well turn out when you look back on it, to be a most treasured time and season.
How do I know this? Well because it has been true in my own life. Often as I look back on some of my hardest seasons, it has been in those time, that as I’ve trusted Him to see what is unseen to me, I’ve know His faithfulness in almost tangible ways at times. As I have kept on believing that despite what I may “feel” that He really does know best, and in His time all things will somehow work out for my good in Him, I somehow, by His grace, have not only survived but come out the other side, I think as well, as a stronger person than if I hadn’t had to fight to just survive at times.
Is this an easy thing to do? Definitely not. There have been days when I’ve had to go from hour to hour, never mind day to day, and so, if you are in that place just now, do perhaps ask for support from folk who you know will walk alongside you, won’t judge you or give you ultra-spiritual “wise” advice, but who will pray for you when you may be unable to do so for yourself mindful always that God is El-Roi the One who sees what no one else sees, or makes note of.
Asking for help – that now – that takes real strength, and is definitely not a sign of weak roots!
Yours in Him,