I spent last night in the hospital with Richard.
We thought he had the flu and then it turned into something much worse. The doctor sent us to the Emergency Room, and from there we waited, and waited some more.
Eventually he had a CT scan, which confirmed that he needed intervention. His fever climbed: 103.6 degrees. They wired him up to a few machines, got the antibiotics going. I spent the night listening to him.
He was restless. I was restless.
At one point I got up in the middle of the night. Eyes all red. Hair in a wad. That’s when a super spiritual thought crossed my mind.
I’m sure glad I got my roots done.
When I say “done,” I mean that I applied a $2.99 box of WalMart’s finest. I looked like I’d been rolled down a hill, but the scattered silvers weren’t shining.
So, what does this have to do with anything? Is it spiritual at all?
Not really, but I laughed as I read today’s scripture because it was all about our roots.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
Paul was praying for a discouraged church.
Sure, guys, it’s discouraging that I’m in jail, but I pray that out of his glorious riches (abundance, depths greater than we can imagine) that he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
If there’s one theme I hope we take away from this life shaking study, it’s this:
God cares about the external, but his greatest work is internal
Deep roots that lock into his love — so deep, so wide, high, so long — that we can’t help but be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Paul was sitting in a prison cell. Right now I’m sitting in a hospital room, lights blinking, a hard place to lay my head, events turned upside down.
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There was that moment when they rolled Richard’s bed down the hall to the operating room and I closed the door and sank in a chair. . . and there He was.
Waiting on his girl.
I was able to sink my roots deep into that love and strength, if even for five minutes. The fullness of God welled up inside and it was enough. I wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out, but regardless of how they did I was anchored on the inside.
We can’t make that happen on our own. We just can’t.
I’m glad my shiny silver roots were covered for this adventure, but I’m also glad for the deep roots that hold us fast no matter what’s going on around us.
Even in the external bumpy, roller-coaster, not-what-we-asked-for-at-all moments of our lives.
- Read Ephesians 3:12-19.
- Why does Paul emphasize the internal over the external circumstances?
- What do deep roots offer in the natural? What do they offer in our faith?
- Consider someone who is going through a roller-coaster external circumstance. Pray Paul’s prayer over that person.
- If you feel led, text it or write that person a note with his or her name in the scripture. Commit to pray for this person throughout the day. (God has already placed someone on my heart. I love that!)