Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him.... —Colossians 2:7 (nas)
Lately I’ve been interested in the Bible’s references to roots. Isaiah says of the coming of Christ, “He grew up before Him ...like a root out of parched ground” (Isaiah 53:2). Jesus tells a parable of those who hear the Word of God but fall away because “they have no firm root in themselves” (Mark 4:17). The New Testament letters teach “being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17), and warn against a “root of bitterness springing up” to cause trouble (Hebrews 12:15).
Anyone who has ever tried to pull a stubborn weed knows how hard it is. It takes some digging. From an early age, one of my children had an attitude toward me. It isn’t that we didn’t get along, but our connection didn’t flow smoothly. There was an unnamed something separating us.
One time, trying to yank at the problem, I blurted, “I don’t want you to have a wasted mother experience.” Then came the moment my daughter, now in her late thirties, asked me to come quickly in a time of need. I did.
During those days we were able to open a compassionate conversation. We discovered that the reason for the root of bitterness was really unknown. I asked forgiveness for anything I might have done, confessing that I had perhaps been an attention-grabber or steamrolled over her more private personality.
The root of whatever it was snapped that afternoon. God dug it out. He reset us in His sincere and lasting love—and that’s some fertile ground.
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