There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, NIV

In Hawaii, the umbrella-shaped hala tree is affectionately known as the “The Walking Tree.” Extending sturdy prop roots from its trunk, the hala tree can pull up roots on one side and grow new roots on the other, resulting—over time—in what can be measured as movement. With the unique ability to re-anchor its trunk, this culturally treasured plant is not concerned with sandy, rocky, or any other less-than-perfect soil it may find itself in.

We as believers are also planted in less-than-perfect conditions, yet in our schools, communities, and even homes, we are urged by Scripture to live in the world without being of the world. When we ask in faith with sincere hearts, God helps us pull up roots that are contrary to His Word and His Ways. He helps us to grow new roots that honor Him. Through this life-long replacement process, our patient Gardener shapes us for eternity.

As ugly roots of pride, selfishness, love of money, sexual impurity, and so many more are replaced with roots of humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender, we, too, can begin to move closer to a Holy God who longs for us to draw near.

Dear Jesus, thank you for patiently caring for us on our way to our heavenly home with You. Help us to prayerfully identify the stubborn and sinful places that need to be uprooted in our lives. Through the power of Jesus’ cleansing blood, help us to grow new roots that honor You. Teach us to be patient with our students and colleagues as they, like us, are still growing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright Kristi Shanenko.

Kristi is a current member of Christian Educators and a high school English teacher who lives in North Dakota.

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