As I examined the struggling African violet, it suddenly slipped from my hands, sending dirt in all directions.
Although I had been a Christian for many years, my growth—like the violet, was stunted until I experienced a crisis. As with the little plant, my roots were torn from their safe surroundings, my world was changed overnight, and my life was broken into many pieces.
Just as I cleaned all the bits of dirt from my kitchen and placed them back into the flower pot, so God has placed each of my pieces lovingly and perfectly back into their proper place and molded me into a fresh and new vessel. Now I have begun to grow and bloom as never before.
Occasionally, we need to have our roots shaken and branches pruned so God can perform the miracle of spiritual growth in our lives. My crisis was having a husband of twenty-seven years leave me for another woman. The months and years since then have been times of spiritual growth, intermingled with dealing with other crises which included financial needs and health concerns.
When my faith weakens and anxieties threaten to tear at my peace and shred my joy, I remember my past. While living in the past or dwelling on what might have been isn’t wise, it is helpful to reflect on our pasts and remember the way God walked with us through the heartaches, cares, and concerns of life.
Recalling how God met my needs—sometimes in unexpected ways, is encouraging. He didn’t always take away my problems, but He walked with me through them. As I live my life, I have confidence that God will walk with me today and in the future as He has in the past.
Even when your roots are shaken, know they are firmly rooted in the soil of God’s love.
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