Roots

Driftwood Beach is located on Jekyll Island just off the coast of Georgia. These bending trees remain standing for now, but countless trees have disappeared.  Natures slow and steady force has consumed these oaks and pines at an alarming rate.

As I stood along the shoreline, all I could see for miles was the debris and remains of trees which were once strong and deeply rooted.

Much like these trees, life can bend and sometimes break us from the very root and core of our soul. Bending is surviving.  Sometimes the secret to survival is simply choosing to allow the force to blow through us. Adapting to life’s storms requires a strong root when the winds blow.

Colossians 2:7 is inspiring. It says we should sink our roots in him and build on him. We should be strengthened by our faith that we were taught and overflow with thanksgiving.

Just as a trees roots grows deep into the earth, our faith should also go deep. Be aware of those times when we can adapt to struggles blowing in our direction. Bend but don’t break. Bend down far enough to get on our knees and pray. Pray for strength. Bend down far enough to get on our knees to praise. Praise God in all His glory. Bend down far enough to thank. Thank Him for giving us a life of unbrokenness though Him.

Has there ever been a time when you had to bend or were broken?

What gives you strength through the storms of life?

Please share your thoughts.

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10 thoughts on “Roots

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  2. Bending is very close to compromise; something that is sometimes necessary. But compromise so often gets out of hand. Bending seems less likely to result in a full grown giving up. That might be only the was I see it but this post has given me a new way of thinking. Thanks

    • Good point. We never want to bend or compromise on our values or morals but when struggles hit hard… it’s easier to bend and bow in prayer for strength rather than breaking down. 😀

  3. Laura this is a great post. I truthfully can not recall ever bending or breaking. I do recall making many mistakes but I was fortunate enough to understand early that mistakes are opportunities for growth. This understanding came with the discovery of my being and being unconditionally loved We all have our own way to this discovery and from your post I believe you have made that discovery as well.

    • You have been very blessed to have not been bent or broken. I pray you never experience anything that would bring you such hurt or pain, but in life…it’s expected. That’s why I look forward to Heaven where there is no sorrow, pain or tears. God’s unconditional love is the only thing that gets me through. Thanks so much for commenting. I really appreciate your thoughts. 🙂

  4. Beautiful words Laura! I have had to bend several times in my life due to death of loved ones and difficult health diagnosis. But through it all, I have learned to trust on God’s promises. I also learned that I was much stronger than I thought and that with God’s help I didn’t break.

    • Life can be hard but it definitely is much easier when we rely on God to get us through the tough times. Relationships has caused me to bend many times. It took years of prayers and patience but God always answers my prayers every single time. Thanks so much for sharing. I appreciate your openness. 🙂

  5. Great pictures Laura. After my Mother’s death I was broken for awhile. It took music, the birth of my daughter, & a car accident to turn my life around. Whenever I am sad or if I start missing her I turn on some music and dance around in my living room.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your personal story. Death can break a person in so many ways. So glad you came through all those struggles on the positive side. I, too, enjoy dancing in my living room…but only when no one is around. LOL 🙂

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