About two month’s ago i had an impression about wind and about two tree’s in different seasons.One that is rooted and one that is not.
I felt God had put that in my heart for this particular season.
This past month i’ve had impressions and thoughts about trees everywhere i was/am.
I had a strong whisper in my heart about “wind“.
The winds are about to change, it’s blowing through churches wiping everything clean from head to toe. Those who are willing will live in righteousness.
‘His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”’
‘Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.’
A month after that.., this happend:
I’ve been wanting to watch The Revenant (movie with Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy) ever since it was playing in the theater! Until last month i haven’t been able to watch it. But God (yes God) has a season for every little detail and purpose.
So last month i finally got the chance to watch it! And it has been everything i thought, hoped for or heard about!
It’s been one of the best movies i’ve seen so far. There are quotes/scenes in this movie that totally rocked my heart.., but this particular one is my all time favourite:
Hugh Glass’ Wife: ”As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe. Keep breathing. When there is a storm and you stand in front of a tree, if you look at its branches, you swear it will fall. But if you watch the trunk, you will see its stability”.
Man this is good stuff!!!
People might think i’m overreacting, but you can’t overreact quotes that are God-inspired!
It has God-written all over this Quote. (maybe except for the swearing part ;p)
Right now… in this season it feels like everything just fits!
Like a puzzle that is being put together.
Like a riddle that is being revealed.
After watching The Revenant.., somewhere on social media the book ‘Rooted‘ written by Banning Liebscher (Founder of Jesus Culture) was highlighted to me.
I never really watched sermons of him, neither did i ever feel like i needed to listen to what he has to say. Until now… the post of the cover of that book grab a hold off me for days if not weeks!
And by the way… Banning Liebscher is awesome, but i just never thought of watching/listening to his sermons. But the funny thing is, most of the time when i buy books… i always wanna know what’s it about. Except for this time. All i knew was that it was called ‘Rooted‘. Seriously, that’s it! That was all i knew, but i saw the title and cover of that book over and over again in my head. To me it was super weird, but i like weird… so … that’s what grabbed my attention. I ordered it as fast as i could, because it felt like i didn’t had any other choice. (weird huh?) I HAD to read it as soon as possible! When it finally came in the mail after two weeks of waiting i immediately started reading! (duhh) And let me tell yah… this is one of the best books i’ve been reading so far when it comes to the foundations of your believe and life with/in God.
Whether you are new to Christianity or have been all your life.., it’s a ‘must‘ read for everybody!
And if you think you already know everything… then YOU should definitely read it!
So if you ever feel like reading a book that helps you being ‘Rooted‘ in Christ then i would totally recommend you buying this book or maybe give it away to someone who might need it.
I think the best thing about ‘Rooted‘ is that it is written from a certain humbleness, wisdom and love and off course so much more.
But these three words popped into my head while writing this… so…
This book fits in this exact season i am in.
Maybe more of you feel like you need to be more rooted in Christ.
He represents what real leadership looks like to God and to the people around us.
So while reading this book, a lot of questions came to my mind that i just wanted us to think about.
1. Is God my priority, or anything but?
2. Am i rooted in Christ when i have nothing?
3. Am i rooted in Christ when i have everything?
4. If acknowledgement disappears/fades away… what is left of/in me?
5. If the people i love disappear, what else is left for me?
“When you come to a point where you have no need to impress anybody, your freedom will begin!”
That’s why it’s so important to seek God diligently, talk to Him. Take a lot of time to just listen and be quiet. Learn to hear His voice, His soft whispers and learn to see what He wants you to see. A lot of times it just feels like you are being shaped, and that could hurt sometimes. It might even look/feel like it’s not who you are. But that’s what the process of shaping does.
The reason why it often hurts so much is because (a lot of times) we only see/feel the process we are in. Not visualising what the finished work could look like. Not seeing what God is seeing.
Have you ever seen a potter shapes his clay into form and precision?
He starts from the inside out. Great things happen from the inside!
Visualise this: If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If an egg is broken by an inside force, then life begins!
In this process of life, the start of becoming like Jesus more and more starts to be visible in your life if you seek Him in the secret place. (where you are alone with God) There is where you meet Him, where you have communion with Him. There is where your roots go deep en grow stronger into fertile ground.
You can imagine what will happen if your roots aren’t deep…
It could take just one storm to blow you right over and the roots that aren’t strong enough will not be rooted in the ground anymore. That’s exactly the same in your relationship with God, the one day your identity is in Christ and before you know it, you get doubts and fears and you let your circumstances tell you otherwise.
So that’s why: John 15:4 says, Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
The moments you spend with God is never a moment wasted!
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