To say my aloe plant was top heavy and in need of new soil is an understatement. As I pulled the plant away from the pot, I could see roots encompassing and choking out any soil in the pot. The roots had crowded in and grown against the inside of the pot. The plant had become root bound–rigid to the form inwhich it was held.
Our own hearts become rigid to form. We like our little space of living, our own world of understanding—it’s comfortable…it’s known…like an old pair of slippers. Our feet slip into the molded form and we are at home…cozied down in the familiar.
We like familiar. We like the known. It’s comforting, soothing and goes down easy.
So what happens when God breaks into our comfortable? When He reveals our own rigidness and makes us uncomfortable? Does our desire for normalcy rise up…Does the comfortable fight for the form of the known… Do we become rigid in our stance, inflexible in our understanding and miss out on new?
God’s Truth to us can make us uncomfortable. His Truth convicts and reveals our own inadequacies and short-comings. We sometimes put the Truth away…close the Book and set it aside until a more convienent time.
In Acts 24, Governor Felix invited Paul to share with him Truth but
…as Paul continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming Judgment, Felix felt things getting a little too close for comfort and dismissed him. “That’s enough for today. I’ll call you back when it’s convenient.” ~ Acts 24:24-26(The Message)
Our form is comforting and Truth too close for comfort brings a choice to us. Will we dismiss the Truth, pushing it away until a more convenient time…or will we allow God to break the form and plant us in healthy soil for growth…pliable to His Truth.
With my aloe plant, when I saw the roots in potted form, I began at once to pull away at the base of the plant …breaking former connections, dividing the roots and planting the aloe into a new environment with plenty of room for the roots to dig in, find nourishment and expand into new areas of growth. When God desires growth in our lives, a ripping away from the comfortable takes place so we can be planted in rich soil to feed our roots.
Blessed are those…who delight in the law of the Lord, and meditate on His law day and night. They are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. ~ Psalm 1:1-3
How is He breaking your form? How have you learned to become pliable to His work in you? What Truth is He rooting in you?