“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn't fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8, HCSB).
Firmly rooted doesn’t exactly describe my life in the military. No, if anything, this life is a transient one. I unpack boxes only to pack them. I make friends, only to move a thousand miles away from them. It’s a life of unpredictability. It’s a life on the move.
This life on the move can be hard at times. New churches, new groups of friends, new households to set up. It honestly takes me a year or two to fully feel settled. I warm up to people slowly, so it takes me that long to truly form close friendships with people, to sink my roots in.
This movable life is something God is working on with me. To be honest, I’m more of a hometown girl. I would have loved to have grown up in one town, married and died in that same place. I would have loved to have gone to my parents house for Sunday supper each week. But that’s not my life.
No, the unexpected happened when I married a military man. And what a wonderfully unexpected thing that was! This man has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. He’s such a wonderful caregiver, husband and father. His hard work is giving us a life full of adventure. But that adventure comes at a cost.
The constant moving, the deployments, the distance from loved ones, only hammers home the importance of my faith being rooted in something immovable.
Other things may constantly change in my life, but my God remains the same!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, HCSB).
What is your faith rooted in?