I enjoy experimenting with different forms of exercise in order to keep from becoming bored and ultimately quitting all together. Once I discovered yoga, I was hooked. I grew up as a dancer so I could easily relate those old skills to the balance and concentration that it took to do most of the interesting poses.
One day as I was practicing my “ohm” face, I nearly face planted when my two-year old gave me a little nudge while I had one leg lifted dangerously high behind me. (Note to self: don’t do complicated balance poses in presence of little children). She had been underfoot the entire time, but I didn’t have any trouble keeping focused and in control as long as both feet were planted firmly on the floor.
That’s when the thought came to me of how my yoga skills were quite like my faith. When I stand with both feet digging in, I am practically unmovable. (Notice I said “practically”, I am sure Ray Lewis could take me down). But lift one leg and I become as unstable as a sapling in a windstorm. In the same way, when I am grounded in the Word of God, deeply rooted in Him, my faith is steady, unshakable and firm. However, if I allow myself to lose that focus, I open myself up to becoming subject to the numerous false teachings that beg for my attention. My faith will no longer be like that tree that is planted along the living waters but more like a dandelion whose soft white bristles scatter at the slightest movement. This is what the Scripture means when it says:
“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
(Colossians 2:7 NLT)
The deeper our roots go, the sturdier our foundation will be. The sturdier our foundation is, the more fruitful our lives will be. And the more fruitful our lives become, the more thankful we will be, even when to the outside world, we have absolutely nothing to be thankful for.
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
(Ephesians 3:17 NLT)
May the love of God strengthen you today as you face whatever challenges that attempt to knock you off balance.