“We can thrive and bloom if we are rooted in our love of the Savior.”

art by Paige Payne

A root out of dry ground (Isaiah 53:2).

I love this imagery for Christ—

Him being like a tender plant that received nothing life-sustaining from his environment.

The plant whose chance of survival is zero.

No one expected it there.

It was set up to fail.

It certainly isn’t fair.

And yet, it thrived.

Isaiah proceeds to then describe Christ’s environment:

No beauty to be desired of Him.

Despised and rejected.

Man of sorrows.

Numbered with the transgressors,

Bore the sin of many, 

Made intercession for the transgressors.

A root in dry ground.

Not expected.

Set up to fail.

Certainly not fair—

And yet, He thrived,

He, the tender root, grew to a great tree.

And His shade has brought life to the desert.

Proving He can grow anywhere—including the darkest, driest parts of ourselves.

Plant Him.

Make space.

He can take root and grow.

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