No, not that kind of roots – I don’t actually have a disreputable ancestry. I am actually referring to literal roots – the kinds that grow deep into the soil and find nutrients for the plant to push its way far above the ground. The thought came to me as I was preparing shepherd’s pie for tea last night using a freshly picked carrot from our veggie plot. I scrubbed the carrot clean and trimmed bits off before setting it on the counter to chop. The afternoon sun highlighted the vibrant orange of the carrot and it struck me how beautiful this root was. As I thought about our garden, I realized just how many “roots” we were growing – the deep purple beetroot, the gorgeous red radishes, the layered onions.
Now, if I had been God at the time of Creation, I don’t think I would have bothered to worry about making things that were buried underground beautiful. I would have focused my creative energy on ensuring that those things that are readily visible would be colourful and eye-catching. Of course, God knew that the things underground would be seen too and would provide wonderful nutrition for people and animals alike. I’m so glad God didn’t make a monochromatic world!
As I continued to ponder roots, I couldn’t help thinking of our ministry here at North Cotes. Our roles “back home” are much more of a supportive role to the front line missionaries out in the deepest jungles. But God designed the church to be a team – working together to accomplish His purpose. Just like plants have roots that help supply nourishment for the portion above ground, the church has those “behind the scenes” that are no less a part of its mission in the world. And roots are a good reminder that God sees and values what’s underground – I’m so thankful for colourful roots!