Two metaphors represent our hopes for our children as well as for ourselves: roots and wings. We need both! And both are found most beautifully in the Lord.
Roots—Who I am, where I belong, who I connect to.
Let your roots grow down into [Christ], and let your lives be built on him. (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
Wings—What I was made to be, growing, developing, achieving my potential.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)
Years ago I had a strange dream: A clock whose hands were not anchored down. They were moving, but their movements were out of control, meaningless. To me, this was a vivid illustration of the meaninglessness of a life not centered and anchored in Christ.
But rooted & grounded in God, who is unchanging, the movements of my life (with all its changes) are meaningful & orchestrated.
Whenever I leave a familiar and secure environment to travel to a different place, a switch occurs in my mind. It’s a letting go of all those things in which I find security—friends, routines, resources—and reaffirming my dependence on the Lord who is my true Friend and Resource for whatever may lie ahead.
The Bible contains other metaphors for the stability we have in Christ:
Rock: Ps. 18:2; 31:2
Anchor: Heb. 6:19
Foundation: Is. 33:6; 1 Cor. 3:11
Roots: Eph. 3:16-17