Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Root Bound

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.
Colossians 2:7 NLT
Are you root-bound?
I wondered as I inspected one of my favorite houseplants, is it root-bound?  The leaves looked green and healthy.  However, the stems seemed crowded within the confines of the pot, and I honestly couldn't see any signs of new growth.  Sighing, I tapped the planter pot on it's sides to loosen the soil.  Sometimes the only way to discern the truth is to get to the bottom of it all - the roots.
The plant finally tipped out, roots and all, and my suspicions were confirmed.  Trapped inside the too small pot, my plants roots were a tangled and highly compacted mess.
It's amazing to me that a plant can look healthy on the outside and all the while be so miserably root-bound.  The solution, of course, is to transplant the plant into a much bigger pot.  Then watch for amazing new growth.

Are you root-bound, stuck in your too small planter?  It's sometimes difficult to keep on growing in the Lord, when our daily routines and staid traditions confine our growth, like a too small flower pot.  Our faith-roots become a tangled mess. 
Like a good gardener, Jesus wants to help you.  After all, He loves you, forgives you, and wants you to grow, grow, grow - into a deeper relationship with Him
Ask the Holy Spirit to transplant you as He broadens your vision to include new ways of growing in the Lord.
God's will for us is to grow and continue to learn and improve. 
Today's Inspiration:
Woman of God
Growing in Grace
Until Next Time
Don't forget to consider the spiritual side of your life when planning your day!


  1. Dear Mary,

    Even though I don't have a garden or plants...and know very little about them, your post has touched my heart. Thank you so much for sharing, you have made my day.

  2. This is one of the best things I've read in a very long time, Ms. Mary ...what an absolutely awesome analogy of something in the every day compared to our spiritual life! Thank you! HOPE you have an awesome day!

  3. I love this!!!!! What a wonderful and perfect analogy! I must share this tonight with the ladies in my class! This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. This was a most wonderful post, dear Mary! I truly appreciated the wisdom you shared. Love and hugs to you!

  5. Dear Linda, Cindy, Deb and Stephanie, thank you for your kind comments. I have to let you know today's post was inspired by Woman of God, Growing in Grace. I always put my inspiration in my post but I totally forgot to include it in this one. I have since edited and given credit where credit is due . Eventho I include my own words and reflections the bulk of the post was theirs. Apologies sent to each of you!

  6. Yes indeed. I loved it too. Very nice!


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