Rooted in Love
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NRSV)
Hazel V. Thompson lives in England. She has moved to a different part of the country a total of 11 times. As she writes this she is about to move again to be near one of her sons and his family some distance away from her present home. Hazel is in her eighties and has lived in her present home almost 17 years, which is the longest time she has spent in the same house and town. Every move means leaving behind good friends and sometimes family members, then adjusting and settling in to a new home, new church, new surrounding, new job or stage of retirement, and making new friends.
However, the Lord has always given her a relevant text to confirm God's guidance and strength for each of her moves. This time it was the reassurance the Lord gave to Moses in Exodus 33:14, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
What matters most is how we are rooted before and after a move. Paul's prayer for the Christians in Ephesus underlines that being firmly rooted in faith in Christ is the surest way to be resilient, to grow, and to produce fruit where we have been planted. If we are rooted in the love of Christ, we have nothing to fear because we know that God will be with us.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that we can step into the future confidently because we know you are with us, in Jesus' name. Amen.