I’ve just returned from a wonderful week in the Highlands of Scotland. Wow! What beauty.
Really, the beauty in that part of the world is breathtaking. It was a real time of reflection as I spent many hours walking on my own when I wasn’t hanging out with friends. I spent time thinking about our ‘Rooted’ series at the beginning of the year – I go pretty hippy when I’m in nature for long periods of time so bear with me…
Roots. I looked at all sorts of roots as I walked. Those belonging to big trees, newly planted pines and even funny little roots that were on the surface running over heather. I recognised that my roots change, I’ve been a big old Oak and a dandelion since I’ve known Jesus. The image of seeing oneself as rooted in God’s love helps you to have hope that God can and will provide for your individual needs because the same earth nurtures very different seeds.
Just as many different kinds of seed are nurtured by earth. So, all of us are nurtured when we allow our roots to go down into God’s love. To grow, all I need is love. To grow, all you need is Love. In an environment of love, growth is natural.
Seeds. A seed is an amazing thing. It contains life. When placed in the earth a seed breaks open, grows roots and shoots up on its journey of growth.
You friend, are an amazing thing.
You contain life.
Let God be your earth.
Jesus planted a seed in my heart 14 years ago and it’s been there, growing, sometimes being nurtured well, other times not so well, but it’s been there even still. What a blessing to know we are loved so much and so unconditionally. I love this, Paul’s prayer from the book of Ephesians:
‘My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.’
I also want to tell you about my new friend Sue who was also in Scotland, an 83 year old wonder of a person but, that’s for another blog…