Be Still Know
Psalm 1:3a NLT
‘They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.’
Each of us is rooted within our circumstances. At times we ignore the realities of life; occasionally we attempt to run from them. I remind myself of my need for rootedness by standing and directing my focus to the soles of my feet wedded to the ground beneath. I move my feet within my shoes, and wiggle my toes as I sense that just as my weight pushes down into the ground, so the ground pushes back and supports my weight.
Often I have bemoaned my particular circumstances. It can be as small an irritant as having to travel away on work when I don’t want to. Or it can be far more significant as when I resent the limitations providing care inevitably brings. I need to readjust my focus and glimpse the opportunity and the benefit of my situation rather than its limitations.
Such an approach demands a discipline. Initially to recognise that I am rooted in my circumstances and this is where God has placed me within the garden. As I feel the ground beneath my feet I consider myself a tree, for which there is only one season in four from which fruitfulness is evident. However, such fruitfulness is directly related to the other three seasons.
Standing tall, holding position, when all appears bleak and bereft of life, is a tough call. It requires courage, and certainly in my younger years I lacked such courage. I wanted the situation to pass and my prayer was always to that end. Only as I tired over years of wrestling with God and my seemingly unanswered prayer, one that made me angry with God and myself, did I slowly discover that I was to bring the situation to God as it was, without assuming any answer, knowing that God was within the circumstances themselves. Within the very bleakness I was rooted in God’s love and might still draw nourishment from the source of life, even as I anguished within my daily experience of life.
QUESTION: Where are your roots sunk? In the grace of God, where the life of God’s spirit flows, or struggling to find a hold within a harsh and barren landscape?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I praise you that your grace is sufficient for all my needs and in my weakness.