I have a fun little herb garden out by the side of my home. It’s made from old pallets and leans back against the house in our flower bed. My hubby built it for me last spring and we filled it with lots of fun little herbs. Last year I enjoyed fresh basil, dill, mint, and oregano. It was wonderful to go out and harvest all of these fresh little herbs to add into some of my favorite recipes. I enjoyed it so much that when winter rolled around and all of my little herbs died off, I was a little sad.
I had a little surprise though, because when spring came around again, so did my mint. It came back tall, and strong, and abundant. In fact, it has out grown its little pallet planter and is spreading out into my flower bed. I’ve even got a few little shrubs that have sprigs of mint peeking through their branches. They are like little ninja mint shoots that are popping up in rather unexpected places.
My mint has already gown so much that I had to prune it. I climbed into my flower bed one day and began to pull up some of the plants that were intermingling with my flowers and shrubs. As I pulled and tugged on this hearty little herb, I began to expose this vast system of roots that had spread through a fair amount of my little bed.
You see, during the season when it looked as if my mint had withered and died, it was busy doing something meaningful and productive that I couldn’t see . Down deep, where important things happen, my mint was growing roots. Because of these well established roots, I had a rather had a hard time loosening their hold on my flower bed. I would tug and pull out the little green herb and then up would come what seemed like an endless root system. They were stronger, stretched out farther, and were much tougher to unearth than I would have imagined.
In fact, after some serious labor, I thought I had taken care of them all, only to look a week later and find new shoots springing up from the ground. The root system was established so even when I pulled up most of the plants, they were still able to keep growing. It almost looked as if the pruning had made the herb stronger. The fresh, new shoots were popping up everywhere.
Can you see how this really isn’t about mint?
This morning I was reading in my Bible in Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, ROOTED and BUILT UP in him and ESTABLISHED in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
As I read this verse, thoughts of my mint and its root system flooded my mind. This isn’t about mint at all, its about being rooted, built up, and established in our faith.
Do things to grow roots. Establish a habit reading God’s word. It’s like fresh water and fertilizer. That habit will help your root system be strong so you can stand firm. Pray. Connect with a good community that will help build you up. Get established and keep growing stronger.
Harsh seasons may come but as long as we are growing those deep roots, we will be hard to unearth. We will come back even stronger that before. Not only that, but as we grow and establish our roots, we may start to influence those around us. Maybe our faith will spread and pop up in unexpected places as well.
Love and blessings,