“Remember Your Roots”
It’s hot; it’s sticky; and it’s muggy—you are back in Birmingham; it’s been a while…
As you traverse through the city, the lights still flicker; the tea is still sweet; the food is still fried; and the people still roll with the tide… You are home…
No matter how long you’ve been away from it, home will always be home. Time and space do not change our roots.
In Isaiah chapter 53, the prophet Isaiah was reminded of this fact.
In this passage, as the prophet is looking down through the corridors of time, he sees a root that would spring up as a tender shoot out of dry ground (Isaiah 53:2), he sees a root that would stand as a signal, give wisdom, and provide glorious rest to the people of God (Isaiah 11:10), he sees a root that would love, care for, and bless all men despite their age, race, color, gender, or ethnicity, (Romans 15:12).
What Isaiah saw was truly remarkable, he saw a root that had been planted, cultivated, and harvested within the mind of God, he saw the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Brethren, this is our root. We are a part of a kingdom, a priesthood, a church, a family that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28).
Time and space may separate us; people may come, and people may go; we celebrate life, and we grieve death, but as people of God, we can find hope and comfort, knowing that, whatever may happen on this side of Heaven, we share an eternal bond that is greater than this side of Heaven. We share a bond that is connected, woven, and knit together by an eternal God, who has given us His Root.
North Hixson, you will always be family, this place will always be home; I will never forget my roots. I love you all.
- Timothy G. Ruffin