Usually, it's something that may prevent us from being who He called us to be. It could be people, jobs, places, behaviors, or false beliefs that simply must be purged. On occasions there are seasons in which we do not take heed in what the Lord is telling us. Therefore, if we ignore His will or walk down the wrong path, He can bring us to a dead end in which we have no other choice, but to listen.
Of course, there is no rhyme or reason why God may unexpectedly uproot us. It may have nothing to do with a lack of faith or not following God's will. Instead, it can simply be a new season the Lord is bringing us through. He has a higher purpose and His ways are most definitely not always our ways. In Isaiah 55:8 (NIV), the Lord declares, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways."
A few nights ago, I had a dream in my sleep that was quite vivid. My daughter's and I were strolling down a suburban neighborhood. It appeared to be either a spring or summer afternoon in which the weather was warm outdoors with the sun shining bright.
Suddenly, five houses up the road there was an unexpected tornado. The twister had great force and ripped a tree out of the earth exposing its roots. Nothing else was touched or destroyed. The homes and neighborhood were left intact. My children and I were safe.
Based on the fact that this part of the dream was very clear, but the rest of the dream was foggy, I believe the uprooted tree is the main focus. Interestingly enough, God does use dreams to warn us, protect us, or guide us. For example, an angel came to Mary and told her she was going to give birth to a boy who she should call Jesus.
Following my dream, I felt led to read what the Bible has to say about being uprooted. I wanted to have a better understanding on how this could apply to my life today. Amazingly, I found the word "uprooted" in the Bible 71 times in various versions. Could it be that our heavenly Father does uproot His children throughout life stages and this is quite common?
Ironically, at the end of 2014 I determined that my power word for 2015 is harvest. It's not coincidental that being uprooted correlates with a season of harvest. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NIV) it says, "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."
Truth be told, I envisioned that everything I had planted last year would blossom this year to bring fresh fruit. I did not expect God to uproot what I had worked so hard to achieve. To me, being uprooted by grace means:
~ God's grace is enough for you and I. (2nd Corinthians 12:9)
~ God plans to change us in effort to make us more like Jesus. (2nd Corinthians 3:18)
~ Uprooted by grace means leaving your comfort zone and everything familiar or safe.
~ Entering unknown territory.
~ It may involve silence from God.
~ Uprooted by grace is a transition.
~ A season of pruning to cut off all area's not producing fruit. (John 15:2)
~ The Lord gives and takes away. (Job 1:21)
~ Grace comes and redeems each one of us. (Ephesians 1:7)
~ The Bible helps us to get grounded in Christ.
~ Similar to an onion, peeling layer after layer from your life.
~ Transformation from the inside out through various seasons. (Jeremiah 1:10)
~ Uprooted by grace leads you to heal, grow, and become all God destined you to be.
~ Through the uprooting of grace, are pasts (hurt, suffering, loss) can be graciously transformed to new life.
I love this quote by author and pastor, Steven Furtick, "It shouldn't freak you out to realize that God's eyes are on you. Because He doesn't see you through eyes of disapproval or disappointment. His presence is not a sign of condemnation. It's actually an invitation. God is present with you, through His Holy Spirit, because He intends to uproot you from the tyranny of the familiar, shatter the monotonous life you've had. And take you on an adventure."
Although I may not be aware of how my uprooting by grace will unfold or all that it entails, this week I've been drawing closer to God. Journaling. Praying. Reflecting. Crying a bucket of tears. Asking questions that go unanswered. Spending time in worship and praise.
It's all good because I know God is working in me and through me for a greater purpose. Being uprooted from my old life means preparing for something new. This is exciting and scary all wrapped up into one! The most comforting thought is that I will end up in a far better place where God will bring forth fresh fruit.