Be Deeply Rooted

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I remember a time in my life about five years ago when all I wanted to do was pack up with Shane and the dogs and move out west.  I had fallen head over heels in love with Wyoming and life here in Georgia wasn't going just as I had planned at that time.  I hated my job and felt stuck in trying to determine what was to come next.  Running away seemed like the only reasonable solution to the problem. Little did I know, staying ended up yielding me getting a job back in the school system and moving into a season of life that was fruitful and full of love.

Droughts make it difficult to plant the seeds needed to grow roots and without roots it's difficult to sustain a recurring bloom.  Even the most beautiful of plants will wither without roots to feed them and keep them alive.

My life, then, was in a drought.  Together, over the past couple of years, Shane and I walked through a season that reminded me of that time.  I never thought that a drought in life could last that long but it can.  Infertility, dissatisfaction at work, the constant search for more.. we let it run our lives.

About six months ago we began to made a choice to stop wallowing and start living.  We chose to accept what was given to us, to live in the present and make the most of the here and now - not of the what if.  We are sewing the seeds for our future.  When we decided to let go of our expectations, of what we thought we deserved, we were able to walk freely into the possibilities of what our life could be, not what it wasn't.

I was talking to a good friend yesterday about all the changes that had occurred for us just within the month of January.  One of our hopes for 2017 was to really get plugged into our church and root into our community.  We have since then found ourselves small group leaders and volunteers in other parts of our church. My friend remarked to me on our new ventures saying, "Isn't it funny how life takes off when you put yourself out there?  Put in a little effort and then it all comes together".  I hadn't thought of it like that, but there was so much truth in what she said.  When we allow ourselves to be open to change and to be used for something bigger, Jesus steps in and guides us towards our destination.

We believe it because we are living it.

The sewing season is not always easy but I figure it can't be any worse than a drought.  There is hope in planting seeds - hope that new life forms from what was once a dry land.  Each opportunity we are granted to invest and apply ourselves is a step in the right direction.  We are rooting ourselves here in our life and our community.  This is where we can love and allow Jesus to work and move in our life and the lives of others.

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