17 Jan “Planting Our Roots” by Theresa Beeley
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” Now, if everybody in this world had this mindset, where do you think we’d be? What could we accomplish?
Now, take a second to think back to your early childhood: where were your roots planted? For me, my roots were grown deep into the Rhode Island soil, with church and family as nutrients to help me grow. I started to grow taller, stronger, and wiser. The church was a safe haven, and family was my home.
As time passed by, my roots stayed planted, but were being “nourished” with anger, self-hate, and depression. Hurricanes of stress and anxiety would rip my roots out of the group, leaving them limp on the torn-up ground. Trust me…many hurricanes have ripped through my life, and I expect more to rush through, but it’s how we handle these storms that helps us to replant our roots.
I live different aspects of my life by referencing different scriptures of the bible. Hopefully some of these resonate with you as well.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
Now, what do all of these verses have in common? Just think about it!
Christ tells us to appreciate the trials that we have been faced with because they will help build character and perseverance within us. When we can endure these trials, they prepare us for the larger trials that will come about in our lives. It’s how we handle these situations that can either bring us overwhelming hope, or destruction.
I’ve had my fair share of trials: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc. But it’s not how I suffered through them; it’s how the suffering brought me joy and hope in the end. Once I gave all my pain to the Lord, everything fell into place.
As you go through this week, I want to encourage you to reflect on some/all of these verses, and see what the Lord is trying to tell you. Stay strong, and know that God has everything under His control.