Glory and Grace: Getting Rooted
by Chrissy Kay
During a recent sermon at church, our pastor said, “Being rooted in Jesus is where health happens, our potential is released, and healing begins.” That’s where we begin to live fully alive. Being rooted in Jesus means stability. Colossians 2:6-7 NIV says it perfectly, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
During that same sermon week, our small group met online and we talked about being rooted in Jesus. In order for a rooted plant to thrive, it needs strong roots so that it can support the plant growing above. In order to have strong roots, we need good soil.
I thought about the little beads of plant food I often see mixed within the soil, and I thought about those as an example of the people around us—the people who help feed our roots and help our growth. We need them to thrive and grow.
This particular sermon was called “Get Rooted”. It had a lot of gardening references, which, to me, as an avid gardener, is the perfect reference. I am often in my small garden, tending to my plants.
One morning, as I was admiring my hydrangeas, I noticed that several blooms on the same plant were different colors. Not only that, but some of the flowers themselves, within the same bloom were different. I had a single plant growing in one location, with one root system, growing a purple bloom, pink bloom, and some flowers were half pink and half purple, on the same flower.
Why is that? It is because of the different pH levels within the soil. You see, the differences in soil pH create all the many different bloom colors. The plant is still one plant, with one root system, getting fed by whatever is put into the soil. The stronger the root, and the richer the soil, the stronger the plant above, and ultimately the more incredible the bloom.
Something I love about Hydrangeas is that if you push a new stalk off that same plant into the soil (without clipping it) it will begin to grow another set of roots while continuing to be fed from the main plant. Eventually, you can clip the stalk, when the root system is strong enough to continue to grow another plant; one with its own roots, stalk, and beautiful blooming flowers.
Thinking about being rooted has helped me to see how that when we get rooted in Christ, feed our soul with the word, we grow stronger in knowledge and understanding.
Eventually, we will be so strong and rooted that we will be able to really share the good news and help others to grow. We will become the food they need to feed and strengthen their roots, so that they have a strong foundation, to grow and establish themselves, and bloom their beautiful flowers.
Thank you, Lord, for this understanding.
About the Author
Chrissy Kay is the owner and founder of Glory and Grace Silks. Her background includes 12 years in the Housing and Property Management Industry, including: writing budgets, auditing financials, and maintaining residential occupancy when working onsite.
The hands-on learning she received during that time was invaluable knowledge which prepared her for the business aspect of owning and running her own company.
Today she spends her time designing and painting silk scarves, and art, and managing all aspects of her company.
You can read Chrissy’s column on the 2nd Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.