Today i am looking at my plant’s survival. I have had this plant for over ten years, which is amazing because i tend to end up killing every house plant i ever own. This plant went without water for an entire month once because i left it in a room that we never use in our house and i forgot all about it. It was all but dead, but with regular watering it came back to life. Years later i put my plant outside as the weather was starting to get warmer. It turns green without much sunlight, but when it gets good sun, it deepens into a dark purple and produces light, small purple flowers.
(Makes me think about how without the SON in our lives, we lose are royality connection and turn green, worldly)
The wether got cold over night and drained the life right out of its vines. My plant was limp and colorless. I cut off all the vines then gave it water and i waited for new lofe to grow. In just a couple of days it started sprouting new growth from the sides of where i had cut it off. I have even cut pieces off and shoved them into more dirt. with alot of water it grows roots and starts rooting deep into the dirt for survival.
How many of us are rooted in Christ? Are we grounded in Him? How many of us slip from time to time and start doing things that cause us to lose our deep soul rooting that survives only through His living water? Some people make mistakes and feel like God will not forgive them. In their mind they can not forgive themselves, so how could God, who detests sin, forgive them? We are just like the plant. We buried ourselves in Christ (rooted in Him) with baptism in his Holy name, Jesus. We started our journey and He provides us with His living water that we shall never thirst again. If we stay focused on Him our spiritual longings will never be unfulfilled because He is all we truly need. But what happens when you don’t fill yourself up with His spirit? How about when you no longer seek His glory and desires for your life? It starts becoming about our flesh, about our wants and needs. The blacks and whites start becoming gray. You start questioning what you have believed for so long. You start losing life in your vine. It starts on the surface, working its way down to the root. The vine, the connection with God becomes weak, Eventually the root will start to dry out and it will die.
The main source of my plant, from where it first started growing, is infact dead. The roots dried up and the whole center will never grow another vine. when i saw it losing its life, i cut clippings and planted them all around the center. So, the original roots may not be in connection with its beauty, but its life has started a new and with the tender love and care it is beginning to grow again.
Now matter what we do in life, God’s blood (sacrifice of His son, Jesus) covers our sins, we need only to ask forgivness, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and develop a relationship with Him. If we slip up, just start over, re-root in Christ and seek His spirit. He will never leave you when you come back to Him. He waits with you with arms wide open because He is full of love, forgiveness, and grace.
So, if you are feeling unworthy, unlovable, or like an outcast, remember this…God loves you, He died for you so He could take all your blame and shame away. If you truly are sorry and you have a longing to root or re-root in Christ, drink from His living water to strengthen your soul, so you can one day be with Him. Don’t ever believe you are too far gone or too much of a sinner. God has called you by grace and no power in hell can dry up your roots if you stay strong or return to God, almighty.