This week we welcome back Katie from our Marketing Team. Katie shares with us how God has used an ordinary word to show up in extraordinary ways in her life. We’re thankful for the honesty Katie continues to bring and the heart behind her message!
How many times does God show up so boldly in our lives that it’s impossible to miss? I’m talking big signs, direct quotes, straight from God himself through something on this earth. Lately, He’s shown himself quite a bit to me, and what I’m about to share with you is no different.
At the beginning of the year, I felt God telling me this was a year to plant my roots. I decided “rooted” would be my word for 2017 and immediately thought of all the ways I could plant my roots where I was currently: Buy a house? Plant some flowers? Start a retirement fund? The list goes on and on. Friends, here we are in May, and I have discovered that God’s idea and my idea of “rooted” are not the same. His idea is much greater.
Over the last few months, I’ve learned that when the Lord put this word on my heart, He wanted me to learn to truly plant my roots in Him, not in a place, job, or thing. Colossians 2:6-7 has played over and over in my head, “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.”
As I’ve prayed and asked God to show me how I can be more rooted in Him, among the many things He’s responded with is His vision for my life. If you’ve been listening to MercyTalk this month, you’ll know that May’s series is on “vision.” (Sidenote: I encourage everyone to click this link and take a listen if you haven’t already.) In this week’s podcast, the book Rooted, by Banning Liebscher, is mentioned. I can’t make this stuff up, friends! I was editing the podcast, heard the title of the book and the context around it, and immediately went to Amazon and purchased it.
Banning Liebscher, Founder and Pastor of Jesus Culture, says that deep inside every follower of Jesus is a desire to have a visible, lasting impact in the world. This desire within us is not our idea; it is God’s. When we allow God into our lives, He gives us vision, His vision. We can’t fully live out this vision if we aren’t walking alongside God in the process. Often times when God gives us vision for our lives, seeing it fulfilled can be a process.
As humans, we tend to want things instantly so the word “process” can be discouraging. During the process, we’re tempted to give up, or we question whether or not the vision was from God in the first place. Friends, I want to reassure you that God is molding you and shaping you during this process and teaching you to be rooted in Him and His promises. “He shall be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper,” Psalm 1:3.
When we prayerfully seek the Lord’s vision and stay rooted in Him, we learn to enjoy the process and appreciate it for what it is. How awesome is it that we serve a God that loves us so much He takes time to mold our hearts and minds to what He intended all along? When we have a solid foundation in the Lord, nothing can stand against us.
I’m excited for the rest of 2017 to unfold because I’m just cracking the surface in all that I’ve learned. God is so much greater than I can even imagine, and the vision He has for my life, the vision He has for your life, is far more than we know. Begin asking the Lord what His vision is for your life. Prayerfully seek His guidance and remember to persevere through the process and plant your roots deeply in Him. Be confident, friends, because Paul reminds us in Philippians 1:6 that He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.