I turn on my phone to see the bible verse of the day.
“The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14 KJV.
The words, “hold your peace” stand out to me, as I am more familiar with the version that reads, “you need only to be still”.
“Yes I do need to be still” I think as I get out of bed to begin my day, and attempt to push the thousands of thoughts that start flooding my mind away.
This has become my daily mantra, but it is quickly forgotten as I scramble to get our house ready for the movers to come pack up all of our belongings and take them away.
Time is inching closer to where this house, where we first lived as a married couple and where we brought our daughter home to, will no longer be ours. As we prepare to leave our house, the physical dwelling that has protected us, we also prepare to leave our home, the community of people that provided so much for us over the past several years.
Being a military family, we knew we would be here for four years, but what we didn’t know was what those four years would mean to us. I can only think of one word to describe this experience:
Bitter because we will never be back here and we are leaving behind a solid support of friends and church family.
Sweet because God has called us to our next “assignment” and besides being geographically favorable, it is place where we know he has sent us for such a time as this.
Bitter because even though we know God has great plans for us at the next place, there is a sort of groan and uneasiness about having to start over…
It has taken time to make strong friendships and grow deep roots here.
In order to grow and roots one must first dig a hole.
We dig the hole and plant the seed. God makes it grow.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9.
We can’t talk about planting without talking about uprooting. Soon that is what we will be doing, uprooting our entire family and being transplanted in new “soil”.
Keys to successful replanting:
There are two factors that affect the growth of a plant when it is uprooted and replanted:
You need to have deep roots in order to help the plant survive. The roots we establish can (and will) go with us, but we need to select the right type of soil to put our roots in.
We see below in the parable of the sower that it is indeed both the depth of the roots and the nutrients in the soil that yield a successful plant.
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:3-9
Having a strong biblical foundation is one thing, but when times are tough and we are forced into seasons of transitions and change, community in the body of Christ is everything. That community can only be created by finding the good soil, digging up the ground, planting yourself into community and allowing God to grow you.