Rooted in His Love
“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
I asked God, “What is the word You have for me?” I heard the soft whisper of God’s response echo in my mind.
“Rooted.” It came without delay.
I sat with this word as I closed my eyes and pondered what it meant for me and the direction of my life for the year to come. As I looked up the meaning of rooted, the word grounded me and I began to clearly see God’s vision. As I went deeper and directed my attention to scripture, the lens of His love embedded even deeper into my heart.
So much of the wonders of God’s works are unseen, much like the root of a plant. It secures itself unground and pushes its stem upward to the light. The reel of His love began to play in my thoughts as I envisioned myself rooted in His love. What my year could bring if I faithfully follow God’s direction and not my own. If I thirst for the Lord and desire His Living Water to flow through me, holding me firm in the place that He desires, rooted in His truth.
As I walked the fields of the farm at my parents home I could see the vast open space of the harvested fields. They were left empty, waiting for spring and the hands of the farmer to rework the soil and be reseeded. It had me reflect on how many times God has tiled the soil of my heart to entrench the seed of His love and mercy. Protecting me so that my roots grow deep in Him and the enemy will be unable to uproot them.
Jesus loves me and my heart. I want Him to root out any areas of my life that I have put my identity in anything other than Him. He showed me that I am rooted into the family of God. My identity has taken hold in the soil of His family and I have been marked by His love. By being rooted in Him, I have been blessed with a stem, connecting me to the sweetness of His love. This stem provides the nourishment to produce shoots for His glory. For what is in my heart will be the fruit of the words in which I speak. For I cannot help but speak of the things in which I have seen and heard by bearing witness to the good works in which God did through my sons.