slightly different than the myriad of others.
SHE DREW THE ROOTS.
When I was a classroom teacher, we studied the anatomy of a flower in fourth grade science. I instructed my students to include the root system in their diagrams, but Sunshine Girl wasn't drawing a diagram for science. She was creating art. She drew the flower exactly how she thinks about, feels, and sees it. Sunshine Girl included what is forgotten and hidden to most of us. She included the MOST IMPORTANT part. The Roots.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF A FLOWER IS *NOT* IT'S BEAUTY.
The ROOTS are the lifeline. The ROOTS are the anchor. Without a healthy anchor fingering down into the soil, the plant that yields such beauty cannot be nourished and cannot survive.
HIDDEN. FORGOTTEN. ROOTS.
TENDED. MAINTAINED. PROTECTED.
PRODUCE. SPLENDID. BLOOMS.
Sunshine Girl's picture got me to thinking about my own roots. Are my roots gripping and spreading deep into the soil around me to give me the best spiritual anchor as possible? Am I even planted in the right soil for the best nourishment as possible? I believe that what you are planted in, spiritually speaking, is what you will produce.
"May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous LOVE. And may you have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and deep HIS LOVE really is." Ephesians 3:17-18
Notice what the blossom on Sunshine Girl's flower is. A heart. A heart represents LOVE. Not only did her picture reveal roots, it displayed LOVE. May your roots travel, spread, finger, dig, anchor, and weave deep into the rich soil of God's...
I LOVE YOU~ REALLY AND TRULY~ NO MATTER WHAT
...LOVE, and may you well up with a beauty that will burst forth and blossom from the uncontainable life and nourishment you receive from that truth. BE HIS LOVE TO OTHERS.
I am thankful for the picture gift of my seven year old to remind me of these truths, and for that reason, I am so glad SHE DREW THE ROOTS.