"I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them hearts that recognize Me as Lord. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.” (Jeremiah 24:6-7)
In baseball, moves are inevitable. Whether it's the standard moves to Spring Training, then to the city in which your husband plays, then back home; or the crazy lifestyle of one who is moved up and down multiple times, it's all part of it.
For my family, that has been our consistent path. It's been a blessing in that we have seen so many places and met so many people, but the downside has been that we are often "uprooted" multiple times a season. Sometimes that type of lifestyle makes our lives feel shaky and unstable. Unable to put down roots, our hearts have a hard time blooming, in our relationship with the Lord or anyone else. Our shallow roots pull only enough to sustain us, keeping us from fully flourishing.
In the above scripture from Jeremiah, the Lord was speaking to exiles from Judah. Those in exile must have felt horribly cursed, and I imagine they felt they had lost their favor with God. In the end, the exact opposite was true. He used this separation! He tells us that even when we are removed from our homeland, He will bring us back - always to Him. He will build us up, PLANT us and NOT uproot us, in the midst of that separation. What a gift of stability in a shaky world! In this full joy of returning and being planted in Him, He is completely ours, and we are His.
So, my friend, rejoice today! Though the physical moves here on earth may sometimes seem too much, we are PLANTED in the Lord, never to be uprooted! As you move through this season, and through this life, remember something my grandmother told me: Bloom where you are planted. It's easier to do that when we know we are forever planted in the fertile soil of the Father.
Prayer: Father, remind us today that our physical moves are not spiritual moves away from you. We are FIRMLY and ETERNALLY planted in you, completely yours and you are completely ours! Though we are transient in our lives, our hearts are stable and safe, forever with You.
Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 24