I don´t always have the opportunity of doing yard work, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy it.
For some time I had my eye on a wild vine growing out of control in our yard. My mind was fixed to chop it down. (Remember, I live in the foothills of a cloud forest, and plants tend to grow quite rapidly.)
With machete in hand, I began chopping away. What surprised me were the many roots this vine had, embedded into the soil. I could not seem to find the main stem of this vine. It was a real mess.
I started at the base, but the roots were many, so I began chopping away at the end of the vine. Some time later, progress was visible.
I was cutting away removing the leaves when I finally arrived at the base of the vine.
Spiritually speaking, we desire to eliminate a problem, but the roots are so many we cannot find out where this ¨thing¨ that is hindering us was birthed.
To get to the root of the problem, many times we need to peel the layers to get to where it started growing.
It would be easier if we could just hack it away with one swipe, but many times God does not work that way. He deals with us carefully.
If we allow Him to work, He will begin very gingerly removing external influences that hinder our calling and relationship with Him upon our life. He wants us to trust, mature and grow in Him.
With trust, maturity begins to flourish.
It can be painful to our pride, but it is well worth it.
We may find ourselves in a situation we did not know how we ended up in.
If that is you, a time of reflection is needed and here are a few helpful questions you could ask yourself.
- When did the problem start?
- When did my spouse and I begin having this problem?
- How did I end up with such a bad attitude?
- When did everything begin going crazy at home, at work, in my relationship?
You don´t know the answers to these questions, but the Lord does. If you ask, He will tell you.
Once we get to the root of our problem, a number of things may need to happen to ensure that it does not sprout up again.
First, we need to be honest with ourselves. God can and will work with that.
Was it sin, rebellion, an attitude problem? Perhaps your heart was not right. Confess it and quickly, and forgive yourself for the sin.
You may need to forgive someone, and do so. It is not for their benefit, but for yours. Forgiveness removes the bondage you have towards the other person and allows God to work in your heart and on the other´s person life.
Allow God to do a deep work inside of you.
When you allow your heavenly Father to remove things that are causing you trouble, He will also do a healing work in your heart.
Your emotions begin to heal and line up and soon you will find yourself walking in a new level of freedom.
Living in joy, freedom and growing closer to the Father should be the goal. With those hindrances removed, you are set to walk out in your gifts and calling, where there is true happiness.