“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).
Summer was over and it was time to get rid of the tomato plant that had finished bearing. I’d grown it in a pot this year and was surprised that it didn’t just lift out of the pot. The reason was the roots had gone through the bottom of the pot and into the soil below, where no doubt they were drawing further nourishment and water.
I found myself remembering words from the Living Bible version of this verse I’d learned in my childhood: “May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.”
Like my tomato we can gain good things, from other sources around us. Through Rest Ministries we are blessed to take in daily encouragement and inspiration as we share in the devotionals and other aspects of the ministry.
Many of us are blessed by friendships that are much more meaningful–even though we may never meet personally. These are people who care and encourage us, who pray for us and share God’s love with us.
I remember how, when I was involved in an car accident years ago, small pieces of glass entered my body through a pressure cut on my head. They weren’t obviously there at the time, but months later they started to appear in odd places in my body. Amazingly, a small lump would appear on my knee, or my neck–then eventually a small piece of glass would work its way to the surface to be expelled from my body.
We can be taking in both good and helpful things from our surroundings and our experiences–or we can be filling our bodies with things that are harmful, hurtful and disabling in some way. I want to be looking for, and drawing in “the fullness of God.”
Prayer: Father, please help us to be aware of the good and helpful things we can fill our lives with and help us to share Your love and those good things with others. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
Are you consciously drawing in the good things, or needing to get rid of harmful ones in your life? What ways are you drawing in inspiration and encouragement?
It can be a constant challenge to live in the world, but not be of the world. We must stay alert to God’s promptings and in His Word to understand how to make the best choices. We will always fail, however, and that is okay. In this song, Sidewalk Prophets sing “You Loved Me Anyway” and it is a good reminder that God will always welcome us back when we come to Him with remorse and asking for forgiveness when we have “taken in” the wrong kinds of nourishment. I hope this song reminds you of His unconditional love. -Lisa