Living beyond the surface – SOAP 12.7.11

Colossians 2:6 & 7

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Observation

Paul knew about commitment.  He knew that in order to walk a life of true faith that it had to seep down into every part of your file.  The imagery of letting your roots grow down into him is pretty powerful.  I imagine a giant tree with roots that have overcome obstacles of rocks and boulders, debris and sometimes man made blocks to continue to root down into the earth to find nourishment and stability.  There is this crazy tree on the way to Starbucks near our house that has wrapped itself around a column on the front porch of this house that is a little run down.  I’m sure someone “trained’ the tree around the column but it still amazes me that even when someone bent it out of shape and took it in an unnatural direction, it still thrived and is a pretty big tree at this point.  (As the new owners renovate, I wonder if they will cut it down.)  Our faith must grow like that.  Despite rocks and sometimes other people, we need to root down into the truth we were taught.  The gift we receive will be thankfulness.

Application

This month I have committed myself to make room for God, primarily making sure I have room for times in the Bible, stillness and being in prayer.  I have felt rocks in my life and even some attempting to bend me around a column to train me to be as they would like me.  I’m not sure if a tree feels pain, frustration, or confusion, in fact I doubt it does, however I do.  Just like a tree get scars on it’s bark or damage in it’s rings, I know I am healing from rocks and obstacles.  Now, more than ever, I know that God is with me and He is for me. I will continue to let me roots go deep into God.

Prayer

Lord,  Thank you for your gentle reminders and the way you speak to me.  I caught a glimpse of how you must feel when we stray off track.  I pray I would follow you all the days of my life and that I would help others root down into you.  Bless my family today.  I love you. Amen

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