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Please read Ephesians 3:7--21 in your Bible.
Each spring I find myself becoming ever so slightly motivated to do some yard work. A few weeks ago I went over to Phipps Conservatory and bought some bulbs: tulips and hyacinths. These were full-grown plants that they had just pulled out of the ground and needed to be planted immediately. I wouldn't have any flowers this year, but next spring they should be beautiful. I hope.
There is one ubiquitous flower in my yard and that is the dandelion. Now I don't get to crazy about pulling them out of the grassy areas, but I do try to get them out of the flowerbeds. (One person's weed is another's flower.) There were several in the bed where I was working, and I went to work with my little weeding tool. I broke off the dandelions under the soil at the root and threw the weed in a pile for the compost. Then I started planting my bulbs.
I was using my bulb planter. It's about an eight-inch tube with a handle that you plunge into the earth to make a hole where a bulb can go. I twisted the planter into the ground in one spot then pulled it back out. I noticed something hanging out of the bottom of the planter. It was a dandelion root that must have been close to two feet long. This came from a plant that wasn't any bigger than a saucer. It's no wonder they're so hard to get rid of! With a root like that the plant can survive being cut back to the ground. It can survive drought and flood. Because the dandelion is so deeply rooted, it thrives even under severe conditions.
I have written before about what it means to be grounded in Christ: know your Bible, go to worship, serve your neighbor, and pray. All of these components are important and all these practices of faith need to be followed. But it seems in this busy world of classes, work, meetings, and schedules the one practice which is often most neglected is prayer. So often times our prayers are one way. We throw our petitions up to God like a list for Santa Clause and go on our way. Granted, God hears those prayers. But the prayer, which causes our withered roots to grow, is the prayer of silent listening for God's voice and direction in your life. The prayer that gives us the roots to survive is a passive opening to God's will.
As verse 17 from our reading states Christ dwells in your hearts through faith. What is Christ saying there? What is Christ doing there? He is grounding and rooting you in love, God's love, for the sake of others and for the sake of peace in your life. Be still. Be silent. Listen. God will speak.
Pray. Just pray.