• Paige Barker

Page 23: Water the Roots

I was housesitting for a friend this summer and they have plants that must be watered every day, especially in the Texas heat. To bring you in on a little secret… I am NOT a green thumb. I would rather run on the treadmill than to own a plant and try to keep it alive and healthy. With that said, I thought I was doing a decent job watering these plants until one day I walked outside and half of them were dying on me. I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I felt terrible because I thought I killed this person’s beautiful plants. I thought to myself, “Well, I’m never going to be asked to housesit for this person again.”

Fast forward to a few weeks later and I was asked to housesit for this person again. Before they left this time, they gave me a quick “how to keep a plant alive” tutorial. Which I was grateful for.

I was adamant to keep the plants alive this time around. And now I knew how. I was watering the plants and I remember looking at one of the plants wondering why it died on me the last time, even when I was watering it. And I’ll never forget what the Holy Spirit impressed on my heart:

“You can’t water the surface and expect to experience growth and health. Growth comes from watering the roots, Paige.”

That one stopped me in my tracks.

As I pondered on that download, I began to think about my thought-life. So many times, I have negative thoughts and I try to combat them with what God says about me in His Word, by declaring certain things over myself, and so on, but I find myself still struggling with the same thoughts. Why? Because I didn’t get to the root of the thought. I didn’t get to the reason why I was having those negative thoughts.

Having negative thoughts is like having weeds in your yard. You can cut down the weeds as often as you want, but if you don’t get to the root of the weed and take the root out of the ground, it will keep growing back. If you don’t dig out the root of your thought, it will keep coming back and keep making you play the whack-a-mole game in your mind (which is exhausting by the way).

I’m challenging myself along with you as I write this. I’m tired of letting negative thoughts run rapid in my head. And I’m tired of playing whack-a-mole with my thoughts. So, let’s get to the root of our negative thoughts so we can begin planting the right ones that flourish and grow to be a beautiful garden when they take root.