I have been thinking a lot about “growing where I am planted.”
I’ve been thinking of either adding onto our house or moving, staying in a job for longer than I have for a decade, raising kids in a stable environment, enjoying life, mindfulness, blessings, grace, and a lot of other things.
Basically, we have lived in our home 7 years. Is that right? Yep! Hurricane Katrina hit in August of 2005, so just months after our evacuation we purchased our first home.
Until then, even after then as I was commuting to Chicago for seminary, I was not used to staying in one place. I got used to making casual friends, enjoying but not really investing in my community, thinking of the “what next” things, and living in perpetual motion.
Now, I’m slowly settling into our life here. It is truly amazing the feeling that comes with planting roots, feeding them, and watching them grow.
There are tons of benefits to travel and moving and having a million various experiences.
But there are also some amazing benefits, especially spiritually, to growing in one place.
Staying put has also led me to a deeper relationship with God. My senses search around me for God in the midst of my comfortable, scheduled, repetitive life.
I’ll be writing more on this (and have been), but for now, wanted to invite y’all to a spirituality retreat, “Grow Where You Are Planted” on Saturday, August 29th, 9am-1pm at Faith Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka. We are just starting to advertise it, so more info will be out there soon. To get you started, here is the “theme” scripture:
They will be like trees planted by the streams, whose roots reach down to the water. They won’t fear drought when it comes; their leaves will remain green. They won’t be stressed in the time of drought or fail to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:8, CEB)