What does it mean to be rooted?
I’ve been thinking about this question, especially as a millennial 20-something that loves to dream.
“What if I moved 2,000 miles away?” I ask myself.
“What if I got a different job?”
“What if I traveled all the time?”
“What if I found a new group of friends in a new city?”
“What if I did ministry in some foreign place?”
Would my life be amazing?
I’ve asked myself this question when the present moment doesn’t feel good enough.
Coming to this place reveals this great misconception in my mind about life happiness and purpose: I’ve begun to rely on my circumstances and listened to comparison to get contentment, instead of being content in the present because I have confidence and rest in God regardless of my situation.
It’s from being rooted in confidence in God and trusting in what He’s doing where I am today, that I can dream and grow into greater things.
You never want to become comfortable, but do you want to be too uncomfortable to invest where you are?
I think of the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14, where a property owner gives his servants each an amount of money to look after. Each one did something different, based on what they believe about the property owner.
The first servant, he took what he was entrusted and invested it right away. The second man did the same.
However, the third man, he immediately hid the money in the ground because he had fear about who the owner was and what he’d do.
The man said: ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’
The two servants, they seemed to know the owner would expect a return but they evidently weren’t compelled by fear.
They were faithful with what he entrusted them. They were confident is where he had called them.
I wonder if we lose ourselves in dreaming about the future or some other place, because we misunderstand that God has given us all we need to go out and bring the Kingdom in the here and now.
We grow when we use what we have, where we are.
What if God has given us enough to live today AND have it be incredible and life-changing?
What if we weren’t meant to live in fear, but be rooted in love?
I think of Ephesians 3 which has this letter from Paul, where he talks about being rooted and living from fullness.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
What if being rooted means loving God more? What if loving God more compels us to live more fully where we are?
I want to live rooted but always ready to go where ever God calls, how about you?
Let me know what you think below, if I’m right, if I’m wrong, or if you resonate with desiring to be rooted all while feeling restless.