Have you ever gone to a grocery store or nursery and spotted a beautiful orchid in a cute little pot and had the thought of I need that in my life? So, you buy it, and take it home and something about bringing it into your home kills it? Every. Single. Time. You look online, and the instructions for caring for these little things are way out of your element. i.e.
- The room temperature should range between 60 and 85 Fahrenheit.
- They like full morning sun, but shade the rest of the time.
- Leaves should be light green, when they are too dark this means the plant is not getting enough sun.
- Allow the soil to dry between watering.
- Orchids also like to be fed once a month.
These plants are fragile and very interesting. Ummmmmm…. No thanks. I don’t know about you, but this is way too much work for me.
But you look out your window and see huge, old, strong, low maintenance trees in your yard or neighborhood. How can one plant be so delicate and one so strong? It comes down to roots.
Lately my three year old will randomly come up to me and say, “Mommy, you’re my favorite kind of mommy.” The second she utters the flattering compliment I grin and say, “Baby, thank you for that sweet compliment. I love you.”
The truth is, there is no rhyme or reason to her words. I am not sure where her heart is when she says them. Maybe I have given her her way, or she thinks that day I look like a princess she adores, or maybe she is starting to compare what she sees other places- who knows!
As I started thinking about the phrase, I asked the Lord, “Lord, how can I be your favorite kind of mommy? You know, the one you’ve created me to be? A mom that will shepherd her children’s hearts to know you and desire you.”
And that little orchid and oak tree came to mind. I can choose to be delicate where I get offended at every little thing. Where my family isn’t quite sure what version they are going to get or I can be a strong like an oak tree.
Jesus tells us in Jeremiah 17:7-8
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Even when things get tough and we face a drought (and believe me sister, we will), I still want to bear fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). I do not want to lose my cool when my husband comes home late, for the second night in a row, and I have been dealing with baby monster fits all day, every day (you feel me?). I don’t want to talk down to my children because they will not listen for the one-hundredth time. I don’t want to punish my friends because they have not met my expectations.
In order to avoid the feelings that are easy to have with drought and hard times, my relationship with the Lord must go deep. His word gives life. In order for me to receive it, I must meditate on it. I have to stand firm and let him define my role, attitude, and perspective.
So, I ask you today momma, how are your roots? How is your relationship with the Lord? He’s waiting. He says come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Seek and you will find. Know his words, and you WILL live. He’s the greatest teacher we could ever ask for.
Let’s be women who are strong, yet sensitive. Let’s be women who will not fall into a million pieces at the drop of a hat. Rather show our children, husband, friends and everyone we come into contact with the goodness that IS the Lord. Lets seek him first. Let’s shepherd our own hearts before we shepherd our children’s heart.
Lord, some of us today feel we are in a rut. We are tired, weary, and thirsty. We are waiting for someone to water us instead of coming to you for hydration. You have searched the inner workings of our heart and know our desire is the abundant life. We ask the seed of your word to be planted into our heart and mind, and Lord, we are confident there is a harvest to come, because you keep your promises. We ask for a root system that is 100 percent dependent on you to speak truth and give life. We are here to drink.
Thank you father.
Kadee has been a member at Trinity for five years. She has two kids, Lenox and Jude. She is married to someone you may see a lot on stage at Trinity, Teel. She worked for AISD for seven years before deciding to stay home with her lovies two years ago. She is a God seeking, food loving, stationary collecting, baby and wedding shower throwing, front porch sittin’ kind of gal. You can find her in the children’s section at Barnes and Noble (or Target).
Monday, July 18th @ 7 pm in the West Auditorium
Ladies, our summer We Are One Night is coming up! We'll come together to worship, hear an exciting message, encourage one another, and have a great time. Talk about a great time to tend to our roots! No need to register. We'll see you there!