Rooted in God

Wednesday, April 24

4-24By Carolyn Brock of Independence, Missouri, USA

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.

—Jeremiah 17:7–8

Once in an African desert we came upon a woman digging for water. Her thin, muscular body was dripping with sweat as she used a large tin can to scoop up soil along a dry riverbed. After hours of hot, strenuous work, she finally found the water. Tilting her head back, she poured the full can over her head and face, then laughed. The work of going deep into the earth in search of life-giving liquid was forgotten as the water caressed her skin, and she took a long, cool drink.

A deep underground river of Spirit is our source of life and joy. But it is not found merely by tapping into the surface waters. The transformation of the whole self requires digging through layers of ego and fear, illusions and false centers of meaning. Finding God at our center and choosing Spirit as our integrating identity is work that demands trust and perseverance. It is also the way we discover our thirst for God’s touch, God’s revitalizing presence.

As a people we have struggled long and hard, digging away at superficial issues—differences in language, names, words, interpretations of doctrines. Perhaps the real question must become: “Is God’s life flowing through us?” Have we dug down to what is essential, the presence of God in our bodies, minds, and spirits? Is that when we finally shall learn who God would have us become as Community of Christ?

Prayer for Peace
Faithful God, we trust in you. We seek your Living Water. We will share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Deepening Roots
A tree with superficial roots will wither during drought or be uprooted by severe storms. A tree whose roots go deep is stable and draws from deep waters. Imagine yourself as a tree by a river or stream. Sense your roots extending deep into the earth in search of God’s Spirit. Reflect or pray about what you hope to find as your spirit searches for deeper identity in God.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will dig deep to find the disciple you would have me be.

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  1. Dorcas Wilkinson

     /  24 April 2013

    Thank you, Carolyn. This is especially pertinent after our US Conference and the outcome. We really are seeing the results of digging deep for the fresh water of the Spirit.

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