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We’ve had some days of springlike weather. Those days of just slightly warmer temperatures which tease and remind us spring will come.

As I look out at our trees, I keep looking for signs of growth – those slight tinges of color that appear before the buds and leaves begin to sprout.

My thoughts turn and remember when, years ago sitting with a dear pastor friend, he made an observation and remarked, “You are very stubborn.”

As if that were not enough of a sting, he shared a Scripture to back his point on the ugliness of stubbornness:

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
(1 Samuel 15:23, NKJV)

It was said in love, to bring correction, and while it hurt deeply, he was right. Seeing this trait in light of the ugliness of sin caused me to allow the Lord to begin a work of uprooting and change. Granted, it will probably be a lifelong work, but I am not the same person I was when I first heard those words years ago.

Only recently did I begin to see the good side of being stubborn.

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)

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. 
(Colossians 2:7a,NLT)

We need some stubborn roots in our spiritual lives:

“Roots strengthen and support us against the prevailing winds of persuasion. When the mind-bending gales attack without warning, it’s the network of solid roots that holds us firm and keeps us straight … It takes roots, stubborn, deep, powerful roots, to keep us standing.”
(Chuck Swindoll)

It’s been a long time, thirty-seven years to be exact, since the words were first spoken to me. The process of changing and growing deep roots is a process that takes time.

It’s a process unique to each one of us, which makes it not only a slow process but silent one. No one notices the progress or the change but ourselves.

Then comes the day, you remember the words which while they stung, were the impetus for life changes. And you see the beauty in the uprooting, and see the Lord was growing that very same trait for your good.

The rest of the verse says:

“Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7b, NLT)

Praying for us all to grow stubborn roots and a strong faith!

Donna Bucher brings this beautiful insight regarding Lent: “Lent provides the perfect season for confronting casual attitudes toward sin and holiness, through introspection and dedicated prayer.” You can read her post, Lent: Embracing Grace in the Ashes, HERE.


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