"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” -Ephesians 3:14-19
There is one component that sums up a relationship with Jesus and that is faith. Faith defined is a complete trust in someone or something. That someone being Jesus. A complete trust that He exists and that He is taking care of us, helping, guiding, healing and protecting us no matter the good or hardships we go through.
As humans who like to have control of their own fate it is one of the most difficult things to let go of and have faith. We can make choices of how our days will go but when we claim Jesus and ask Him into our life, we must learn to have faith.
If you know me or have read any of my inspirations, you will learn I like flowers. I don’t have a great green thumb, but I appreciate the beauty, the intricacy, the variety of each flower. Through flowers you can enjoy something wonderful with God’s creation.
Recently someone shared with me information about the flowers that grow in Arizona. Not so much flowers as there are desert plants like the Prickly Pear, Saguaros, or Barrel Cactus. Because of little rainfall these plants have deep roots in the earth where there is water. There are also other plants with large roots near the surface to soak up the smallest amount of moisture on the ground. These desert plants are strong with an unwavering focus, “grow”!
Contrary to those strong desert plants there are the delicate flowers like the African Violet or Petunia’s or even Jasmine the most delicate of them all. Their petals are small and delicate, and the smallest disturbance could bruise a leaf or rip a petal. The slightest change in weather can cause them to die. But even in their delicate state they still grow the best they can, they do what God intended them to and let their roots grow into the ground seeing what they can do.
Our faith can be like flowers or plants. We will all face trials in our life some daily, some big, some small. In those times we can choose to have the unwavering focus of a desert plant. Faith immovable putting on our armor of God and moving steadily growing closer to Jesus our source of water.
There will be times we might feel like the delicate flowers getting beat up in the world but that is when you allow your faith to show. That complete trust in God that He is pulling you under His wings sheltering you from the bruises or helping your bruises heal. Like the delicate flowers we can still bury our roots into Jesus and let Him help us through.
Faith is what Christians hold onto to get through each day. But the only way to get that faith is by letting your roots grow deep. Study the Bible, learn scripture, spend time with Jesus. Before long, you will be able to say ‘Throw at me what you will world. I have a strong and mighty God who will see me through to the other side.’
Today think of ways your faith can be like the plants in the desert, strong and focused and if you’re feeling like a delicate flower, look to God to help strengthen your faith.
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