Tilling Roots

roots1It is a mixture of things, really.  1.  The economic recession facing our country.  2.  Living on a much lower salary with three mouths to feed.  3.  Leading a church through a stewardship emphasis.  4.  Doing our 2008 income taxes on Saturday.  And 5.  a growing felt need to be a better provider for my family.

All of these things are beginning to remove the soil around my soul and have started showing some roots in my life.  1 Timothy 6:10 says “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

Roots are found deep beneath the soil, hardly ever seen unless you are planting something new or tilling up something old.  It seems God is both planting and tilling in my life lately.

He is tilling the soil around my heart which is showing roots of self-reliance, self-centered love of earthly treasures.  He is tilling up my pride, my ambition, and my deep-seeded desire to be wealthy.

But I also hope he is planting something new.  A fresh, new seed of sacrificial living.  A new seed of contentment, not only with what I have, but what heavenly treasures I am storing up.  A new seed of recognition that even in my “American” middle-income earning lifestyle, I am still gloriously rich compared to two-thirds of the world.  And above that, I am a child of the King, a co-heir with Christ.  I have the greatest wealth in the world: salvation and forgiveness of my many sins.

Keep tilling Lord.  Dig deep.  Root out all the roots of the love of money.  But also keep planting new seed, so that I might grow more in love with You.


2 thoughts on “Tilling Roots

  1. Powerful…I love the picture. The pic reminded me of trees in the Northwest. I was always amazed that so much of their “support” system could be exposed to the elements and yet the trees stood tall against the wind and rain and ice and snow. I pray God continues to provide extra and as you see your “sustenance” exposed that His peace rules your heart and you stand strong and tall weathering all things that God allows to blow past. I am praying for you!

  2. I also love the picture, I think I saw somthing like that along the Oregon coast as a young kid. I see the network of roots that branch out from the tree and wonder what else they have touched and are holding on to. How there root system keep other around them grounded in touch with so much support. Though the roots may be exopsed the tree is not alone in the forest.

    The Quest for water is strong and the roots run deep. In the toughest of times the deep roots will always allow the tree to bare fruit. I am praying for and hope all is well

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