“So he built an altar there, called on the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.” (Genesis 26:25)
Yesterday, I talked about all the moving I’ve done in my life and how we are called to trust God amidst life’s transitions. Today’s Scripture, Genesis 26:25, describes God’s telling Isaac to “pitch his tent,” “dig a well” and set down roots.
Life requires roots. We had a neighbor when lived in Wisconsin who had a tall pine in his yard. One night there was a terrible storm with wicked winds. When they looked out their window the next morning, one of their huge pines had toppled. When it came down, the tree’s entire root system pulled up with it. A pine trees’ root system spreads horizontally, just below the surface, which makes it vulnerable in high winds.
When we live shallow lives, it is easy for our world to topple over. Everyone needs some type of root system in order to be strong. While I moved a great deal in my life, I believe my roots run deep, because of the blessings in my faith and its nurture through the many churches and its people. God and church families can be the best root system. No matter where I have lived, loving and supportive churches have strengthened my faith and nurtured my life. I hope and pray you’ve had similar experiences.
Today, think about the root system in your life. Consider the roots you’ve developed and the roots you helped others nurture. Ask God to respond to you like the Divine One did with Isaac. Pitch your tent and dig your well. Pray about what that means for your life. It should mean committing to your local church, your community, and its people. For example, it may include volunteering at a homeless shelter or a school. It means embracing the church where you attend, and make it a lifelong commitment. It means accepting your place in this world and making the most of it. With deep roots, you can do great things in God’s name.