The weed Diann pulled up
Diann was pulling up weeds in our lawn. I’m not sure what I was doing, but something very important that kept me from helping her, I’m sure. At any rate, she showed me a weed she had pulled up. I actually took the time and effort to measure the root, anything to keep me from having to pull weeds. The tiny green part of the weed was only about two inches tall, but its root was a foot long! With a deep root like that no wonder the weed could survive Florida’s dry season better than the grass around it!
Gardening is sort of a hobby for us, so we do a lot of planting of plants. The ongoing task after planting is watering what we’ve planted, sometimes for months, until the plants’ roots grow deep enough so they can be on their own. Deep roots are important.
We people are a lot like plants, especially when it comes to a faith in God and a relationship with Him. A shallow faith, one with little depth of knowledge and commitment, seems to get us by when times are going well. But when there’s a drought of good things happening a shallow faith is not going to see us through these dry times. Like the little weed with the long root, deep roots are what we need.
Being more deeply rooted in a relationship with God happens when we’re intentional about it happening. This requires a holy discontent, a wanting more of God than we now have. Our greatest thirst is to be for Him.
Being more deeply rooted in God also means that even in the good times we want our greatest satisfaction to be in Him and not from all that which is, for the time being at least, going our way. Our greatest thirst is to be for Him.
Being more deeply rooted in God means that in the bad times we seek to deepen a relationship with God instead of being angry at God and looking for ways of temporary escapism or distraction by which to cope. Our greatest thirst is to be for Him.
Being more deeply rooted in God means we determine to think about Him more. We schedule regular times to talk to Him and to read His Word.
The little weed with the deep root that Diann pulled from our lawn got me to thinking about all of this. Weeds aren’t worth much to us, that’s why we pull them, but this one ended up being worth a lot!
The apostle Paul writing to the Christians in Colosse. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7