Rooted and Grounded in His Love
Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be
able to comprehend with all saints what is the breath, and length, and depth, and height;
to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him
be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Some years ago, before Randy and I were married. Someone gave me a cactus in a small
container. I thought it would do well in the bathroom window. The cactus would get light but not sun, moisture from the shower, and if only I could remember to water it when dry, I was
all set. As I said it was small and I knew cactus grew slow. This cactus just never seemed to grow. As time went by I was closing the window and accidentally knocked it over. Well,
I scooped it up, settled it back in the pot and lightly packed the soil around the base. Thinking maybe the window sill wasn’t the safest place for it I moved it to the living room. More
time passed and the little cactus remained a “little” cactus. I watered it when it seemed dry, but it just would not grow. So I thought, maybe the pot is too small. So I set about
doing a transplant. Unlike my Mama, I am not the best gardener. When I turned it out into my hand to place it in another pot, would you like to guess what happened? It fell out into my
hand. The poor little cactus had been separated from its roots. Probably the fall from the window sill. I suppose because a cactus holds water it lasted longer than any other plant
Recently, I thought about that cactus. It could not survive long with the root being
detached. How like the Christian life. Sometimes we can get a little detached from God as we go along day by day. Work, family, illness even just plain old laziness. Not
reading the Word and meditating on it, talking to the Father and spending time in silence listening to what He had to say to us. It’s so easy to let that quiet time go by the wayside when there
are so many other things demanding your attention.
But, not taking time to commune with the Father leads to a detached existence. Unlike the cactus,
when detached from the root, there is no remedy. On the other hand when we get a little (or a lot) detached from our Root we can return. Our Savior is always waiting for us to return to
Him. You see, He doesn’t move, we do.
Today, if you have moved a little too far from The Lord, you can renew that vital connection
needed to be “…rooted and grounded in (His) love,”