I read a beautiful, eye-opening post on Arabah Joy about the “well watered woman” a little while ago (that you can find here) :-). She writes about living by your roots instead of your circumstances, and once I read her post the other day, my mind has been overrun with this concept.
Living by your roots
Flowers don’t live by their surroundings, they don’t live by the wind or the rain. They live by the nutrients they draw up from their roots.
Just like flowers draw their sustenance from theirs roots in the ground, we draw our sustenance from our roots in Christ. We draw our nutrients- our sustenance- our means of living- from the joy, love and peace and faith that has been rooted into our hearts. When we live by Christ reigning in our hearts, when we live by the love and joy and peace placed within us, life becomes so so much simpler.
When you live by your roots, your circumstances don’t dictate your attitude or behavior or joy.
Those small daily annoyances don’t have to weigh on your heart so heavy because you don’t live by them, you live by the joy you have in Christ.
You don’t have to fall apart every time life doesn’t go the way you plan, because you live by the trust you have in God and His will for your life.
I can give love unconditionally to anyone I come across despite who they are, because God has placed His love within my heart and He commands me to give it freely. It doesn’t matter how the person lives or how they treat me, because their actions don’t dictate my life, God does. Their actions don’t direct my actions, God directs my actions. So I can love.
The more I grasp this concept, the easier it is to be more compassionate, more joyful and more content with my life and who I am.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love…” –Ephesians 3:17
In Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, he prays that they are “rooted and grounded in love” so that they can grasp the vastness of God’s love, and also so they can be filled with the fullness of God.
And when you’re filled with the fullness of God, what can touch you? What can disrupt your peace? What can steal your joy?
Because you are rooted in Christ and you are filled with His love.
I am in love with this concept.
Your outside circumstances don’t have to control your heart and soul. Your happiness and your heart and mind is guided by where your roots are.
If you root yourself in the world, being miserable and hard-hearted comes naturally. If you live by your surroundings, you’ll fall into hatred and selfishness and you’ll become harsh. The world is not a nurturing environment, and it world pushes you to be selfish. People wear on your nerves so easily.
If you root yourself in Christ, and in God’s word, you almost have no choice but to be full of peace and compassion. Because no matter what the world says to you or about you, you know who you are and whose you are. You know that this world is not your home and you root yourself in the things that God commands you to do.
Flowers don’t worry about what’s going on around them, they live by their roots and they simply bloom.