Now that spring planting time is here, I thought it a good time to write about the darkness required for roots to establish themselves. There is a parallel with the problems we think we have let go. We find them springing up again thinking a good Christian should not feel this way. We never really face it; we just deal with it on the surface and never really go to the root of it.

In my experience, it is important to bring the pain to the light by talking it out before your heavenly Father in prayer. Have a “pity party” with Him. If this step is missed, or cut short , we are not able to release the pain because it has not been fully exposed.

In the world we live in roots of any plant left in the dark continue to grow. If they are only cut off and not pulled up they grow right back. The dark dirt is the perfect environment for the root. If we pull the plant up with the root and toss it aside it dies. Drawing a parallel, if the roots of hurt and pain we experience are pulled up and held up to the light of Jesus Christ they die due to lack of nourishment. They are in the light.

Colossians 2:7 tells us we are to be “rooted and built up in Him.” Hebrews 12:15 encourages us to see that “no bitter roots grows up to defile many.”

If you desire to grow in Christ, I encourage you to check your roots.

© Peggy Park

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