Have you ever had an accident and cut something really precious?
I was watering my orchids and … well, let’s just say, a little accident happened and the roots ‘got away’ from the soil. It gave me a chance to see what was happening beneath the surface.
So I looked carefully and deeper to see if there was any damage from my little accident.
So many thoughts came to mind, even as I saw that some roots were old and withered, right alongside those firm ones from which brand new roots are being formed.
When cutting, I had to be so careful not to mistake the old-looking roots with those giving life to one of the fresh, new roots.
Sometimes life feels like my orchid accident; things happen that shakes me up, that’s discombobulating and unravels me. I can pause a moment and see what’s there… or I can quickly move on and miss the good part.
It reminds me to pay attention when life unravels – the type that I have no control over – and to use it as an opportunity to do a reality check of what’s really there.
What are the dry roots that need to be cut away? These are the things that cause unfruitfulness in my life, and I need to let go.
I equally get to embrace and celebrate the new life that is being formed. These are the things that will cause me to flourish in a fresh new way in a time to come.
Would you like to SitAWhile and take time to reflect on your roots too? Brand new roots are being formed, and that’s the good news!
Does any of this speak to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.