Welcome to Day 4 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and
in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.
I’m tired of being strong.
Have you ever said that?
That’s about how I feel right now. Sorta.
At the moment either of us feel that way, it’s time to dig in a little deeper. Yes?
Have you ever planted a small tree?
There are two schools of thought on the tree planting business. One is to plant it properly and give it all the water and nutrients it needs to grow tall and strong. The other school of thought is to do all that AND stake the tree so that it will stand straight and tall, even when the strong winds come. Where these two schools disagree is about what makes for strong roots. Some believe that if the tree gets assaulted with the wind, its roots won’t be able to catch and dig in and grow, thus the need for the staking. Others believe that when the winds come the roots will work harder and drive themselves deeper into the earth and become strong and hearty and able to withstand even more winds as the tree grows taller.
Do you want to be strong to weather the storms of life?
All you need to do is grow your roots deep. Really deep.
Of course you could get some stakes to help support you like the ‘tree staking’ camp. Family, friends, work, etc. But, when the real storms come, any of these stakes might not hold. Then where would you be? Wobbling in the wind.
People are fickle. People are selfish. People are busy. Even the best people. People like me, and you. We just can’t depend on even the best of people to keep us strong through the winds of life.
But…there is SOMEONE we can depend on.
The Apostle Paul gives us and the Ephesians these words of Truth:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand
against the devil’s schemes.
Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV (bold emphasis mine)
When we are strong in the Lord it’s because we are rooted in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:8 NIV (bold emphasis mine)
We must be careful to keep our roots growing, watering and feeding with powerful nutrients in order to maintain our strength.
Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives,
continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives.
Let your roots grow down deeply in Him,
and let Him build you up on a firm foundation.
Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught,
and always spill over with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7 The Voice (bold emphasis mine)
Are you feeling a bit wobbly through the storms of life?
Check the health of your roots.
I think mine need some tending to today. How are yours?
I love hearing your thoughts too. Please share what helps you stay strong in the storms of life.
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Standing in the storm….
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