Root it up!

Root it up

“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.” Matthew 15:13

Going through trials, having bad habits, and being hurt is apart of life. Sometimes it seems like these things happen to us over and over, even after we thought that we were healed from them and moved on. Why is that?

 These trials run deep into our hearts. They’re there because we like to plant them there. When things start to go wrong in our lives, those things that are planted in our hearts and minds start to come up and add on to the current circumstances. It’s like our current circumstances triggered those past hurts and pains and we’re going through it all over again. The thoughts that usually run through my head are, “I thought I was over this, why is it coming back up again?”

They come back up again, because they are ROOTED into us. When we go through some kind of trauma or when we are hurt by someone we love, we don’t let it go. We plant it into our hearts and it grows when we water it. We take on the responsibility to deal with it and make sure that it stays there so that we don’t ever forget.

Of course, it’s wise to learn from our past. But when we have things rooted in us, it’s hard not to linger on them. Especially when our current circumstances aren’t going so well. It’s normal to try to bring up our past trials in order to figure out our current ones. It’s also normal to bring up our past trials in order to have more to sulk about.

What are we supposed to do when those things that are rooted in us come up and try to control our present?

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,”
Philippians 3:13

 

 We need to remember that through God we have a future and we should strive towards it. Once we begin to do that, we can find ways to USE what we’ve been through to glorify Him and lead others to Him throughout our future. Sometimes God allows those things that are rooted in us to help us with our calling in life. They help us become more relatable to people when sharing God’s love and they help us to be more understanding. Sometimes that’s what people need; someone who is relatable and understanding to what they’re going through.
I truly believe that there’s a reason for everything. God has a plan for each and every one of us (Jeremiah 29:11). That plan includes holding us close and delivering us from evil. It also includes eternal life as long as we accept Him.
What we go through, doesn’t define who we are. What we DO with it is what defines us. How we act upon it says everything. When we are experiencing flashbacks or when bad things seem to happen as a pattern in our life, we need to step back and look at how we can use it to help us grow in Christ. We need to step back and ask God, “God, how does this relate to my calling and what can I do to glorify you through it?”
Once we realize that God is in control and has a plan for every big and little thing that we go through, we will be able to have a better perspective on how we should deal with the things that are rooted in us. God promises to take care of us no matter what. Those things that are rooted into us, that weren’t rooted by God, will be uprooted by God.
It may take longer than we want and it may never happen in our lifetime. But once we get to heaven, those things will be no more. We will be with Him in eternity as long as we accept Him into our hearts here on earth.
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