I was looking at a tree the other day. I have been so challenged by not putting God in a box and by not limiting to what He can do in and through me for His kingdom and glory. Over the last two years, I have been inspired with big dreams for the Lord and in what He has very clearly called me to. Because of certain circumstances however, I was only going to allow God to do a little bit with my life. I was growing, there was no doubt about it, but my eyes were finally opened to the soil that I was allowing my heart to be rooted and planted in. As I was looking at the tree, I realized that I was still planted in a flower pot and was only going to be able to grow so much and was only going to be able to bear so much fruit. I wanted more than bearing a little bit of fruit for the King of Kings. With one major life decision, I had to take myself out of the flower pot to be vulnerable and broken so that when I was planted where the Lord truly desired for me to be, I could allow Him to do whatever He had wanted. Now, the roots of my tree are planted in soil that goes deeper than I could have ever dreamed and the limbs of my branches can stretch as far and wide as the Lord so desires for them to without tipping over the flower pot. What freedom there is in surrender and what growth there is in being vulnerable, uprooted, and having your world shaken, only to be planted in the richest of all soils. My roots are going deeper in the soil of His love. I had the courage to lift out of the flower pot because of His love. Great is my Redeemers love.
"I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Holy Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."