Rooted and Grounded

Rooted and Grounded

This painting is a visual expression of Colossians 2:6-7

 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (NIV)

This image portrays the beautiful reality that Life erupts from and is sustained by being deeply and securely rooted in Christ Himself.

This tree, which is small, fragile, even childlike, appears to be something very precious to One who holds it, and compassionately protects and cherishes it. The hands are tender and gentle, but large and strong. We have the sense the tree is unassailable within the Maker’s grasp. Nothing could harm it there. The Psalms tell us of God’s tenderness and strength: we see both in the shape of the hands, and their posture toward the tree. Our God is a Father who is tender toward us, but also very capable of protecting, keeping, guiding.

The Scriptures remind us that the Savior will not “crush a bruised reed, or snuff out a smoldering wick”.  In other words, He is anxious to receive us. He cradles and holds, not assails and shames. He rebuilds, not destroys. How often we’ve seen Him portrayed the opposite.

The tree appears passive in the process. It is not responsible for remaining in the Hands, just submitting itself to being loved and kept, relying on its deep roots…roots so deep in fact, that they are far far larger than the tree. As followers of Christ we are held by a root system beyond ourselves. We are not left to draw our security from our own shallow strength; our roots are divinely woven into a strong current that will never fail or run dry. May we “remain in Him” as He pleaded that we would. Our roots will hold even in the most the most bracing of winds if we simply remain. We’re held fast.

We don’t just hold on, we’re held.

Shayne's hands close up