“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith,
just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.”
Rooted in Christ . . .
The wind screeched outside with a shrill and deafening cry as it rushed about in speeds uncommon. Growing up here in California, where the weather is usually mild, I wasn’t used to wind like this. The most the wind had ever been able to accomplish in these parts was a mere rustle of a few leaves, or a slight tussle of a few bangs.
But this wind blew with fury.
I could do little else, but sit and listen — and watch the local news. The weatherman called it a once-in-a-century windstorm. I thought storms included rain and hail, thunder and lightning. I had even heard of dust storms. But a windstorm? That was something new to this California native.
I can tell you, I didn’t like the sound of it. Something fierce was happening out there, and I was glad not to be in it.
I admit I clung to the bedcovers a little tighter that night, and prayed a little longer.
By morning the wind had traveled somewhere farther south, and an eerie hush followed in its place. I brushed the window curtain aside to see a mess of palm branches and tree limbs strewn about the yard. Up and down the street, garbage cans were tipped over, spilling out. Flower beds lay flattened.
And there across the cul-de-sac an old ash tree lay horizontal; its few remaining limbs pointing awkwardly straight toward the sky. At the base of the tree a tangle of roots revealed what was once hidden. The roots weren’t deep enough to withstand the power of the storm. The tree’s anchor didn’t hold.
Whenever I read Paul’s encouragement to be rooted in Christ Jesus, I picture that forlorn ash tree stretched across the road — its strength and beauty destroyed by a storm. And deep down I know . . . the same can happen to any one of us, if the storm is strong enough . . . unless we’re rooted firmly in Christ Jesus.
Our roots grow deeper when we’re intentional to abide in His presence and soak in His Word.
And when we’re rooted in Christ, no storm can make the end of us, because our God is greater.
No storm. No trial. No heartache. Nothing is too big for God. He can overcome it all because He already overcame it all. Jesus conquered death on our behalf. Now an eternity with Him awaits.
Yes, we may endure hardship for a time, but God has bound every storm to eventually pass. We can withstand any storm if He is with us. And He promises to be with us.