My morning began at my usual time but instead of my practice of scripture, reflection and prayer, I took someone to the airport. And without my usual quiet time, I immediately felt rushed and so I rushed. After the trip to the airport, I stopped for a cup of coffee. I thought maybe the lack of coffee was my missing link to the day (how quickly I forget what I was really missing). I was the fifth person in line and I didn’t want to wait. The total wait was no more than two minutes but it felt like an unnecessary interruption in my rushed beginning to the day. Not until midafternoon did I stop and realize what I had forgotten – my quiet time.
In Ephesians 3, Paul writes this prayer: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…” Sometimes, all it takes is a few words from scripture to suddenly discover God’s message for my life at that moment. Being rooted. What does it take to be rooted? I don’t see roots on moving objects (at least ones that are still alive). To be rooted requires remaining in the right place under the right conditions long enough to send down roots. If I don’t take the time with the right practices, I won’t be rooted. And if I do, I believe Paul’s prayer can be answered in my life. I want power. I want to be rooted and established in love. If I will invest the time and be patient, the roots will come.
Here’s how The Message interprets verse 20: God can do anything you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Today’s readings: Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 18; Ephesians 3