Good News for Saturday, March 28th.
“But you need to remain well established and rooted in faith and not shift away from the hope given in the good news that you heard.” -Colossians 1:23
I am sorry, but I am one of those people… I hate dandelions. I can’t stand those things. Even as a kid, I didn’t appreciate their beauty, I just wanted them gone. I even trained our family dog to eat the flowers as a means of preventing the spread! I have an incredibly small capacity for hate in my heart, but for dandelions, I have hate in spades!
I primarily hate dandelions so much because it’s so difficult to get rid of these things. Yes, there are products and chemicals out there (and I’ve used them), but in spite of all of this, dandelions are quite resilient. A big reason they seem to hang on better than other weeds is their root system. Dandelions have what is called a tap root- a single, long root who’s primary objective is to grow as deep into the soil as possible. This helps them draw in nutrients from deep in the soil, and it also makes them hard to pull out. Unfortunately, I usually end up breaking off the tops of the plant and much of the root remains in the ground. Then the plant regrows and we do the same dance all over again in a month or so.
There is a Biblical witness that is present in the example of the dandelion. We all need a “taproot of faith” in our lives. We need a faith that holds us in place and provides us with an uncommon resilience and that anchors us to the hope of the good news in Jesus Christ.
In this unusual time, I’ve found more opportunities that I typically have to ponder and dig more deeply into my faith. Maybe the same is true for you. You can grow in your faith by reading scripture, doing regular devotionals like this, attending worship (including online), engaging in a small group (also possible online), fasting, and praying (among many other ways). Stay tuned, because over the next few weeks we are going to be offering a number of different ways you can connect with others online and ways you can grow spiritually at home.
Are you well established and rooted in your faith? How are you growing deeper in your faith today?
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher