Just recently I have realized how much easier life is when I just sit and stay. Like a dog learning new tricks I am. To be still and quiet. To be content with just slowing down. Smelling the roses. Picking up pretty rocks. Exploring new paths. Waiting for the sunset. Reading a book. Painting a picture. Slow walks along the beach. Taking 1,000 pictures of a cricket or flowers or water. Just the simple elegant things of life.
So many times in my life I have been way too busy with other things to even notice that God was trying to keep up with me. Sometimes I have so many projects going at one time that nothing ever gets completed. I get so dang excited about ideas I sometimes want to dive right in even though I still have other things in the works already.
Psalm 1:3 in the Message Bible says:
Psalm 1:3 The Message (MSG)
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
When I first read this, I felt such an excitement with it and then I realized we were discussing a tree here. Something which is non-mobile. It is a seed planted meant to just be. To just sway in the wind. To allow the soil to house its’ roots. To just grow and produce leaves and sometimes grow fruit. To just be and depend on God to feed and water it. To just be dependent on God to shelter and protect it in all stages of growth from the seed to full maturity.
It is only when we slow down that we can truly depend on God. It is in the slow moments we are reminded that God is in control. It is in the slow times we see just how good God truly is and how He really does take care of our every need. He feeds us with the Word. He waters us with His Presence. He protects us from all weather conditions life throws at us.
When we stop to just be, all fear dissolves. After we have discontinued our pursuit of taking care of our own needs, God shows up in all of His splendor and we can be content with just being.
At some point we need to come to the realization that we are merely the seed. We have nothing else to do but just be. Think of seed planted in the ground. It sits. It waits. It is broken. Then it beings to grow. It grows both above ground and underground. We don’t see the roots as they grow and often that is how we are as humans, we hide the roots, yet above the surface everything looks good. Our trunks our sturdy and our leaves look just right yet underneath it all, buried deep inside are roots some good some bad.
I encourage us all today to just be. Take some time to just sit. Stay. Marinate. Accept God is in control. Be content in the stillness of God. Begin to know that He meant it when He said, Be Still and KNOW I am God.
Dear Lord, I thank You for taking care of all of my needs. I thank You that I can really just be. I desire to get to know You better. I look forward to just being more in Your presence. I thank You for allowing me to just be. Lord, I also thank You that You will begin to show others what it really means to just be so they too can find peace in just being still. AMEN
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.
Where does all life begin? It starts in seed form and then these roots begin to grow. Now depending on what kind of soil the seed is planted in, it will bloom and grow and take root. If we look at each other through the eyes of understanding we would see all the roots we have growing in our spirit. Some roots are bad and some are good depending on where and when the seed was planted.
Exposure of these very roots is exactly what so many of us need so that we can move on in life. There are rejection roots and depression ones. There are bitterness and unbelief roots along with anger and unforgiveness. There are a multitude of roots which could be inside any one of us right now and why would we not want to rip them out of us?
Why do you think we have such a hard time dealing with things? I feel it’s because we never dig deep enough to find the root of the problem so we just keep piling things on top of it to cover it up. We then carry this unexposed pain with us into every aspect of our lives and soon we are baffled as to what is really going on when if we would just spend enough time digging a little deeper we would expose the roots to the problem.
Is it time for exposure? It is finally time for a change in your life? I know when I exposed some of my roots it was ugly, however, once I began the digging and dealing with the roots, my life began to change drastically for the better. I now no longer carry past hurts and bitterness into my current circumstances. The more I grow my roots on the solid Word of God, the more I flourish as a person in all aspects of live.
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Gently the breeze blows over me and I can feel the old just being gently taken away. I can close my eyes and breathe knowing God is removing all the old stuff and replacing it with new things so that I can be fully focused on what God has set out for me. Knowing I am grounded in the things of God and that He pours refreshing waters over me daily, I can grow more confident that God is in control. Knowing that He has healed all the inner pain makes facing the next moments in life a little easier. As I allow God to remove the old stuff from the past I am free to be who I was designed to be…whole and loved!
This is what I wanted my husband to see from the portrait I painted for him on our last date night. As I saw what God wanted me to paint for him I was filled with such joy. I could see the water gently falling and the roots going deeper. I could feel the changing breeze taking the old things far away. I also could see that God was showing me to paint the roots on the dead side of the flower in red to represent the blood of Jesus.
As I pondered on why the red for the roots, God showed me that even though the past is gone and He removed the pain and guilt from it, it still needed to be covered by the blood of Jesus. As He washes over us He not only cleanses but He brings healing to the inner soul. Sometimes others don’t see all the changes which come when God does a work in someone, however the person going through the renewal process knows exactly what God is healing on the inside.
God can do this for everyone who is willing to receive His love and correction. Some say we just need to be uprooted and restarted, however God showed us clearly that He can heal you right where you are. He can mend the broken roots and bring life back to what someone once thoughtw as dead. When we open ourselves up in surrender to the possibilities of what God can change in us and come to the understanding that we can just breathe and let Him do all the work. We can’t change ourselves, we can only chose to be changed.
Are you ready for change? Do you know that all you really have to do is chose to be changed? All you need is a heart willing to let go and mind that is willing to be changed and renewed, God will take care of the rest.