“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught”~ Colossians 2:7
People have asked me throughout my life how I have endured some of the difficulties that have come my way. For me, it is my faith in God. Despite difficulties I cling to Him. When we lost our daughter at 10 months of age, people warned us that 80% of marriages that suffer the loss of a child do not endure. We were determined not to be part of that statistic. We clung to our faith. I do not know how we could have remained steadfast in our love, and stayed optimistic without our faith.
This is what faith that is deeply rooted has helped me do: endure with joy and confidence. By endure I don’t just mean putting up with it while rolling my eyes, stomping my foot, crossing my arms and whining about the unfairness of life. I mean knowing that despite the raging storms that there WILL be a rainbow. Those deep roots keep me from being toppled and conquered by winds, gossip, negativity, cruelty, hardship, illness, financial difficulties, bullying, false teachings, or anything else. I do not mean that those things do not hurt my heart and make me weep. Far from it, actually.
But here is the difference. Sooner or later, I realize that despite whatever the loss is, I still have my Best Friend. He is there. He will walk with me. He recognizes my inner beauty and knows my heart. The world can bend me and even knock some branches off of my trunk.
But my roots in Him are deep, deep, deep. His words and the loving people He puts in my path water me with the water of love. Even when the harshness of the world makes me feel unsafe or unloved or unlovable, I always end up remembering: I am rooted in Him.
Harsh times, droughts, storms all end. They do. He promised a rainbow. He promises eternity. The path to Him leads to Him.[“Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow”~ Psalm 25:4].
He takes most of us on the scenic route~and it involves trials, tribulations, triumphs, sorrow and incredible joy. As Barbara Walters says “Take a little time to enjoy the view”.