Sunday, November 12, 2006

Healthy Roots

Yesterday my husband and I went to the Garden Fair at Maui Plantation and sat in on a lecture by an arborist about how to plant small trees so that they will grow up to be strong healthy trees. He explained that it's important to make sure the root system is given lots of room to spread, and that air and water is allowed to get to the root system so that it can breathe. He showed us a tree root that had been in a pot too small for it, and the root became gnarled, curled up and even matted together which stunted the growth of the tree. If we plant our trees in good soil, with a hole large enough so that the roots can spread out and breathe, and anticipate that it can withstand the wind as it grows by staking it, then our tree should grow and be strong and healthy for years and years.

That reminded me of the verse in Colossians 2:6,7: "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, overflowing with thanksgiving." We as Christians need to establish our faith so that it is rooted and grounded in Christ. As we grow in our knowledge of the Lord we serve, and our "roots" go deeper and deeper in Him, we are then strengthened and able to withstand the storms of life that come our way. We stand firm and the winds of adversity do not uproot us. The more you spend time with Christ, the deeper your roots will grow and the higher your faith will be built up!

I love the last of this verse---"overflowing with thanksgiving." When we are rooted and strong in the Lord, and we recognize more and more what Christ has accomplished for us, our hearts overflow with thanksgiving. The recognition of how Christ blessed us through the years leaves no room for complaints but only thanksgiving. "Our cup runneth over" and into the saucer and then to the table and over the sides of the table, and into every crevice of our home. Thankful hearts should be the first indication to others that we are rooted and grounded in Christ, so much so that those around us see us as different from the world.

May your roots go deep and your thanksgiving be overflowing as we approach Thanksgiving Day.


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