Short isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just try reaching the top shelf in the kitchen or at the grocery store. Then there is the whole being the shortest in the class until eighth grade and having a best friend almost six feet tall. At that moment, I would have done just about anything to grow taller.
In our lives we want to be on top. Grow taller and faster so we can be the best, but there is a little secret we sometimes forget in our quest for the clouds.
Roots. Without them we are vulnerable to all kinds of disaster; drought, storms, disease, you name it. Before you have the ability to grow up, you must grow down. Get grounded where there is water and nourishment.
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is to great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Growing roots will keep us strong in our faith and help us follow the dreams God has placed in our hearts. When the storms of life come our way we will have roots firmly grounded to withstand the wind. When we reach new heights, we will have the strength to avoid temptation. Spend time at the feet of Jesus and in the fellowship of those who serve him. Study the Word to give you knowledge for the difficult times. Before you complain about not growing tall enough, ask yourself if you’ve grown down enough.
What are some things that you do to help you to grow down?