Stunted?

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭

That cold weather, though.

My baby plantlets – seeded with so much hope, started with so much promise – haven’t grown for several weeks.

They are just – sitting there.

No new leaves. No change in height.

Nothing.

They have had every possible advantage I could give them – direct sunlight. A heater. A fan.

Nothing.

With cool days and even cooler nights, they are looking rather stunted. They are pouting – toddlers of the plant world, wanting the blue cup rather than the red.

But wait.

What if, conditions topside being adverse, there is more going on beneath the surface?

Let’s dive deeper.

Those roots, though…

Tiny white filaments are splitting, seeking, soaking, drawing up nutrients and moisture and all the elements necessary for beautiful top growth. And once the weather warms up and they are allowed out into the wide world, they’ll be ready.

You and I don’t always have the right conditions to bloom or grow either.

Sometimes we just don’t have what we need to prosper.

It is in these times of turmoil, of chaos, of cold and stress, that we need more than ever to sink our faith roots deep.

And while there may not be any immediate obvious outward change, learning to trust, to seek, to develop the prayer structure, the solid habits, the small daily choices which will feed the future growth, is imperative.

Feeling stunted?

See this time as a rooting time, a quiet time of reflection and deepening of trust. A time to dig deeper into hard soil to find what your soul most craves. As I wrote yesterday, I’m finding that there are trust issues in my own life that need to be openly and honestly addressed and healed – and I’m very aware that as I go deeper, I have to let go of any desires for outward growth.

This is behind the scenes stuff.

While you do the hard interior work, the exterior may appear – stunted.

Not to worry.

Those roots you are developing, that hard work in the trenches, will eventually translate into stunning blooms.

Develop those trust roots with me?

Father, without a solid root system, our growth will falter permanently. We want, like You, our best growth! Bless us as we work at developing our trust, at building the solid habits of prayer and studying Your Word, at recognizing areas that we could work on with Your help. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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