Are You Rooted?

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“It grew up quickly enough, but soon wilted beneath the hot sun and died because the roots had no nourishment in the shallow soil” (Mark 4:5b-6, TLB).

Recognize this quote? It’s from one of Jesus’ most well-known and detailed metaphors, the Parable of the Sower. There are so many treasures to pull out from this passage of Scripture, but today I want to focus in on the concept of roots.

The picture the Lord paints for us here is of utmost importance for our spiritual lives. Every single one of us is affected by the presence, or absence, of strong roots. Jesus was vividly portraying what happens to the faith of those who don’t have those healthy roots. Simply put, it dies.

Shallow, malnourished faith will not make it long term. Your Daddy God knows this. He understands the urgency of getting you established with an extensive root system, and He is fiercely committed to doing just that.

This is the lens through which to look at the seasons we sometimes spend in the wilderness with Him. None of us like desert seasons! In fact, we tend to have a vehement distaste for them. However, without them, our roots would never get as deep and as strong as we need them to be. You see, it’s in the midst of the long dry spells when a plant’s roots dig down deeper into the soil seeking for water.

It’s during these times when everything within us cries out, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Ps. 63:1, NKJV).

David penned these words when he was traversing his own wilderness season. All three components of his being; body, soul, and spirit, were yearning for refreshment. Out of his lack, out of his need, out of his desperation, he cried out to the only One who could meet him there. Each and every time, God came through, providing David with the strength and tenacity to push through one more day. A day at a time, he doggedly pressed forward, refusing to give up on the dream God had placed in his spirit.

In the desert, David developed the heart of a king. In the desert, his roots went down deeper and deeper into God. In the desert, he learned how to tap into the deep, underground supplies of living water discovered by those who are willing to tarry in the waiting season.

The beautiful news is that he didn’t have to stay in the desert forever. Neither do you or I. Our beautiful God purposefully schedules periods of refreshing into His carefully orchestrated plans for our lives. At just the right time, deep draughts of Holy Spirit water are coming your way!

Meanwhile, take comfort in the understanding that this is what He is accomplishing in you during the dry season: “…That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19, NKJV, bold emphasis mine).

He is rooting you and grounding you in His amazing love. You are going to come out of the desert more filled with all the fullness of God than you’ve ever been before! His purposes for you are exceedingly good!

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Are you walking through a desert season? What thoughts would you like to share about times like these?

5 thoughts on “Are You Rooted?

  1. The desert season is hard but very comforting at the same time. It brings tears and joy at the same time. For me it takes reminders that God loves me, He is right here right now with me and that His timing is perfect. These reminders bring joy and peace in my weakest moments. Just two days ago, I was at one of those weakest moments, crawled in bed with tears and prayed then I felt God prompt me to get up and go write my prayer down (something I haven’t done in a while). So I sneaked out of bed and came to spend sometime with Him. As I started writing, tears were flowing and soon those tears dried and I found myself smiling and feeling so much peace bse my God was right there comforting me, reminding me that He got this! And off course His timing is perfect! I did not get my answer right away, still waiting but I know He knows my heart, he knows am in the desert and He wants me to grow those roots even deeper!

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    1. That is so very beautiful, Gladys! What a precious work He is doing in your heart. From your perspective, you can’t see the exquisite beauty He is bringing forth in your soul as you continue to cling to Him and trust Him in the desert, but from His perspective, it takes His breath away. He is overwhelmingly proud of you, my sister! Thank you so very much for sharing your treasured heart ❤️

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    2. I have been through the desert too many times Jennifer. Again and again God shows me His Mercy and leads me to the right path so that I may not have drought in me.

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