That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge , that you may be filled up to the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:17-19
I simply love this verse and it really warrants some time to contemplate and take apart piece by piece but today it came to my mind as I was thinking about being rooted deep in relationship.
I was born into a family with roots that run deep. I just know my parents were hand picked for me. I know this because it is clear that my kids were chosen just for me. Its not until you have children that you understand that although children need their parents, the parents need the children just as much. Needed to be challenged and groomed and molded by our Heavenly father. I know my dad needed me and my great wisdom *wink wink* as much as I needed his. In the same way I now my brother was sent to our family for a distinct purpose. We still don’t know what that is yet……HA! just kidding, God knew that He would use that boy to touch the lives of many and bring an important piece to our family.
I’m all caught up in the roots of a family because today our family gathers. New and old and not just blood family but some that we forget aren’t even blood. They are friends that God has sewn into the fabric of our family in order that it may be complete not lacking in anything.
I know that not everyone has family like I do. Cousins that are brothers and sisters in my heart. Friends that stick closer then a sister would. Aunts that are my mothers and In-laws that know in their heart I was brought into their life for them to be my mother and father. I’m blessed indeed and as I think about the treasure that I’ve been given I am simply astounded at the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of my God for me. It is a love that surpasses all knowledge and understanding.
I can not comprehend, really, the goodness that has come through these people. But I know one thing, it is because of God’s choosing them to be in my life for such a time as this, and such a time as the years that have gone by, that I stand strong as the woman I am today. I know it is because of these people that I am who I am. God used them to love me when I wasn’t loveable, to support me when life was crumbling, to play with me when I needed a friend and to pray for me when God put me on their minds. They are the roots that keep me grounded. Roots that run deep. Roots that God uses to nourish me and bring life.
Cheers to a day of family, I pray we celebrate the goodness that God has brought into our lives and never forget the roots that run deep.