Two essentials in life – roots and wings. At first glance, these two would seem to be opposites and therefore mutually exclusive. I would have to choose one or the other if that were the case. But I crave both. I need both in my life. I need roots and I long for wings. I want to be grounded in a safe place where I belong and I want to soar to new places and unknown heights. I want both roots and wings, and I want them simultaneously.
This is the gift of hope. Hope gives me roots and hope gives me wings. Without hope I have neither. But hope graciously gives me both. And hope is the gift of God. Consider what it says in Hebrews 6:19,
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Here hope acts as an anchor, it is roots for me, keeping me grounded and secure. When the writer says “this hope” he is referring to the hope I have in Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. Jesus doesn’t change so my hope in Him has found a home. I can put down roots and know I have found a place where I belong.
But my hope in God also brings me wings. I have His promise in Isaiah 40:31,
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Hope carries me soaring on eagles’ wings. Hope gives me wings of my own. With these wings, I experience the glorious freedom found only in Christ. Hope roots me in the foundation of God’s truth, which never changes, and His truth then sets me free to fly on hope’s wings. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
We are told to give our children roots and wings – that’s what my Heavenly Father has given to me – roots and wings. Rooted in God’s word, I receive the nourishment that sustains my heart and soul. That same nourishment from my roots, strengthens my wings and enables me to soar freely to new heights. My roots and my wings work together! Thank You, Heavenly Father, for giving me both roots and wings.
“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.” (Colossians 2:7)
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: . . . ‘those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.’ ” (Isaiah 49:22-23)
sincerely, Grace Day