Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving. ~ Colossians 2:7
A theme that I have been meditating on lately is being “Rooted” in Christ.
On a recent Sunday we sang the song “Still” by Hillsong in worship and as we sang I had a vision relating to where I am at currently in my preparations in moving to France.
The second verse lyrics caught me off guard (even though I know the song very well) and I burst into tears.
“Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust”
As we sang that, I saw a tree next to a river, with barely any leaves or fruit. As I looked closer I could see underground and for a moment saw, felt (physically as if my heart was expanding in my chest) and heard how the root system was expanding and digging deeper into the ground.
Immediately God explained to me: Trees are steadfast, planted, and rooted. I am like that tree, planted next to the life giving river. Even though it feels like I’m not baring fruit on the surface, it is part of the process as preparation for where I am going. The roots are going deeper into Christ’s love and will need to be strong for how the tree will grow and expand where I am going in the future.
Regardless of what I see and feel right now, rest is only found in Christ and in trusting Him beyond reason, knowing that He is powerful and intentional, that He knows what He is doing in my heart and life right now, and that He’s got me right in the palm of His hand and that He will never leave me.
My role is to rest in knowing that being rooted and planted next to the life giving river is enough, to allow my roots to be nourished from that soil.
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love. ~ Ephesians 3:17
We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul – not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that He has for us. ~ Colossians 1:12
Being deeply rooted in Christ brings a deep contentment, satisfaction and security I can’t always explain. He is moulding in me a heart strength that will be able to endure the unendurable while loving the unlovable.