Imagine someone who has lived in several towns, perhaps even countries, over a period of only a few years. Maybe he, or she, was in the military and was stationed at a number of different bases in various parts of the world. Perhaps their job required them to be transferred to different cities. Whatever the reason for their frequent moves, they look forward to the time when they can “put down roots.” You’re familiar with that phrase, aren’t you? To “put down roots” simply means to move to a place where you want to live and settle down. You make new friends and become involved in new activities there so that it starts to feel like home.
Does that sound like a good idea to you? It can be. But I would add this one caution: don’t allow your roots to grow too deep, for you will not be here very long!
Too often we spend our time and effort focusing on this life, yet failing to fully prepare for the life to come. We forget that we are merely pilgrims on this earth. I Peter 2:11. We are no more than sojourners, passing through this life for a brief time. James 4:14. Our conversation is in heaven. Philippians 3:20. No wonder we sing the song, “This World in Not My Home, I’m Just Passing Through.”
Don’t let your roots grow too deep. Someday, it will be time to pull them up and move on!