Fresh Hope – 1st January 2020

A couple of years ago I purchased an expensive, beautiful houseplant. It has been fairly low maintenance until recently when I noticed it starting to lean awkwardly to the side. 

The plant had grown so much that it needed to be repotted into a larger pot with more supportive soil. 

I had to uproot the plant in order to get it reestablished in a new pot. This plant is now sitting in my bathroom looking rather brown, and if I’m honest with myself, I think it could be on its way out.  Why? Because I ripped it from its roots. I took it from where it was established and being fed, and broke its system of security! 

It is much the same with us. When we are not rooted and grounded, we quickly die. 

Maybe we aren’t rooted in God – our security is found in other things that can’t nourish us. The Bible calls us to ‘be rooted and established in love’ (Ephesians 3:17).  

Or perhaps we aren’t rooted in a church community and so we aren’t experiencing the nourishing encouragement of others. 

A root system is about connection. It is the connection of the plant to the soil – that which offers it nourishment. We should be deeply rooted (connected) to people and to God if we are to flourish and thrive. 

The Bible speaks of tree/person that is plugged into a source of nourishment – the word of God. 

‘Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers’ (Psalm 1). 

We all desire to produce fruit and prosper. The key is being grounded, rooted, established and connected to God, and the right people. 

‘Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught’ (Colossians 2:7).

Emma Burchell

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