Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Join Faith
Writers
Forum
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Get Our Daily Devotional             Win A Publishing Package             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Testimonies PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Uprooted
by Anne Linington
01/18/11
Free to Share
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





Uprooted

Zipping up my fleece, and pulling on my gloves, I headed down to the beach to take advantage of the welcome sunshine. I found myself looking ahead to days when a T-shirt and sandals would suffice, rather than todays' multi-layers. Two nights ago it had rained heavily, resulting in flooding across roads where drains had been unable to carry away the downpour. Now I glimpsed the first sights and sounds of Spring; birds singing in the trees and the first couple of inches of growth as daffodils push up through the ground.

Walking along the beach has many benefits, for the body, mind and spirit. It gives me physical exercise at no cost, and fresh air blowing in off the sea to fill my lungs. The sound of the waves breaking on a stormy day, or the clatter of pebbles and shingle rearranged by each tide renews the spirit. When I am struggling with a sermon, a walk by the beach relaxes my mind enough to find a way to proceed when I return home.

Today the waves had thrown up some seaweed and shingle overnight, and further on some distinctive Isle of Wight “blue slipper” clay had slid onto the path. Nothing very remarkable in this. However, I have learned to listen to God as I walk along the beach, and the next sight really caught my eye.

The cliff had become so wet due to the rain, that yet again a portion had become unstable and fallen. As I looked up, a distinct track was clear, down which a complete tree had descended. About five feet tall there it rested on the promenade, complete with its root-ball. “Uprooted” was the one word that came to mind.

“Uprooted”- here in my path was a visual picture of how I feel. I have recently left a Church where I have been extremely happy for eight years, during which I made many friends and developed gifts to use for God. God has now called me to move to a Church nearer my home, which makes perfect sense in practical terms, but currently I feel as uprooted as the tree I was looking at.

The poor tree is unlikely to be replanted, and will probably go to a civic landfill site, or at best be recycled. Happily that is not the case for me. However, it will take time to put down roots, to develop a strong connective system which will provide me with stability and the necessary water and nutrients for growth,. I will need to make new friendships, build new relationships with fellow members of the ministry team and find fresh opportunities to use my God-given gifts in this new situation.

In short, this currently uprooted tree has to put down new roots, and I need to keep this in mind for it cannot happen overnight. Some days I am inextricably drawn to the beach, and today was one such day on which to be attentive to God's voice.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Anne Linington or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 346 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date
Phoebe Carter 05 Sep 2011
I sense refreshment here. (I do hope that you are not living too near the IOW's cliff edge). I hope that you will soon feel securely rooted in your new situation and will then be able to send out new shoots. God bless you in your ministry.x
Phoebe Carter 05 Sep 2011
I sense refreshment here. (I do hope that you are not living too near the IOW's cliff edge). I hope that you will soon feel securely rooted in your new situation and will then be able to send out new shoots. God bless you in your ministry.x
Barbara Thompson-Young 28 Mar 2011
Hello, Anne! This is such a wonderful article. I love to read your writings. Thanks for the invite.
Marijo Phelps 18 Jan 2011
Good writing, thoughtful and thought provoking - I wanted to come and plant that tree here (but it probably would hate snow and our windy winters!)




TRUST JESUS TODAY









Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com