Gnawing distractions or unexpected situations can drive us against the grain of God’s will upon our lives. Take for example someone who has suffered a loss of a job. They can either be grateful for the amount of time they were employed or they may allow a root of indignation to begin flourishing beneath the surface of their attitude. Nurturing the root with continued resentment will eventually expand into roots of bitterness.
On the other hand, taking the same situation, someone else may perceive the loss as a forcible change that they might not have taken on their own. Beneath their attitude roots of understanding, gratefulness, and acceptance begin to form and spread out into roots of change. Although they may not be happy with the forced circumstances, they know that the outcome serves to a greater purpose for their life.
Depending on where we find our source will determine what root we will grow and harbor in our hearts. Spending time in God’s Word and presence is a sure weed killer to bitterness, resentment, animosity, rancor, disgruntlement, and any other form that is not uplifting to our souls. One who establishes a routine counseling session with the Supreme Counselor will be blessed:
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
When we spend time with God, we are allowing Him to prune through the deadened vines that we have a tendency to cling to in hopes of new growth springing forth, yet once pruned, we become free from the hindrances and our hearts are unencumbered for new fruit to grow.
Change is not always easy to accept, but it does have a purpose. We can either cultivate an open heart to change or propagate a root of bitterness.
What unforgiveness lies in your own heart? Even the smallest items in our life can grow the largest roots. Are you willing to let go and to let God move you?