"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7
A few years ago I received a navel orange tree for Mother's Day from my children. One of my favorite 'living' plant gifts other than the fiddle leaf fig tree they gave me that same year for my birthday. Now I've never been one at keeping plants alive, especially the household variety, but I was determined to find my green thumb.
I placed the orange tree (in a pot) outside, thinking it would be happier, and it did seem to thrive the first summer but as the second summer was coming to a close it began to struggle. I frantically moved it inside and place it by my french door thinking that was the most sun bathed spot in my home for a tree to grow. I babied it through the fall and winter months (maybe even caught myself praying over it a few times) spraying its leaves with water each morning and giving it a cool drink every two weeks or so (it was a long winter).
As the cold winds turned to cool, crisp spring days I noticed my tree blossomed with the most beautiful, white fragrant flowers and the tiniest green miniature oranges I ever did see. I was amazed at how much better this orange tree has done since being moved inside. It bloomed all spring and the first part of the summer filling my house with the sweetest citrus aroma. Dana helped me repot it after the last of its blooms fell off, it was out growing its first home and now it's putting on new beautiful leaves. I believe I might just have navel oranges one day...here's to hoping.
While doing research in how to care for this plant I was reminded of what great care God takes with us, especially in times of change or transition. Maybe you've found yourself in a season of being uprooted, an unexpected change, moving jobs or ending a career. Whatever it may be, you can trust God to make your move according to His perfect will.
Remember that God knows the timing and when change needs to happen. He knows where He wants You to be planted. His Word can sustain you when you reach for it and soak in His promises, feeling His presence as you go.
Uprooting means cutting out the excess from your life, every hobby, every box of clutter, every commitment that has been weighing you down. It's painful but good for you. Let Christ cut the excess from your life. The stress and strain may cause you to compromise your time with the Lord but don't, you need Him more now to fill your cup. So walk in Him, rooted and built up, established in the faith.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Thank You for showing me Your ways. May I be established in the faith as I continue to follow You. Be with those who are facing big and even small changes. Take their worry and stress and replace it with hope, grace and guidance that can only come from You. In Jesus' name. Amen.