Do you rest like a Lilypad?

As I was kayaking the other day, I happened to paddle by a sea of Lily pads. I was mesmerized. I had never seen such a vast amount of these beautiful jewels. They appeared to be just floating with ease on the surface. I was concerned that I might break one as I paddled through them. 

I reached out and touched one and I couldn’t believe how thick and strong it was. I had never seen a Lily pad so large! I guess it is true everything is bigger in Texas 😂   As I lifted it and looked closer there was more going on beneath the placid water than I thought. Each leaf was connected to a thick purple stem that seemed rooted to the bottom of the lake. I stayed among the serene Lilly pads for a good 1/2 hour just listening and watching creation do its thing. 

They piqued my curiosity so much that I went home and did some research. Do you know that these vibrant lilly pads serve more of a purpose than just looks? They are constantly helping the ecosystem. Beneath the surface is the heart and soul of the lily pad—a series of hearty stems and tubes that extend deep down to the bottom of the river, pond, or lake, which connects to an extensive root system. It’s this root system that anchors the delicate-looking plant, keeping it stable in the face of all kinds of inclement weather. They help keep the pond clean and the creatures in it safe and healthy. They provide shade to keep the water temperature down and algae away during the hot summer months. Their shade also gives shelter and respite to any fish that may be in the pond ­and a strong habitat for frogs and other aquatic animals. Some are even sturdy enough to support the weight of a small child.
 What is so cool is that they don’t do anything but just rest and float.

 God has given these plants the ability to emerge from murky waters and blossom into stunning, strong, Lilypads, rooted and grounded to withstand hardships and help their surroundings, but yet they don’t have to do anything. They just peacefully rest and float on the surface of ponds and lakes.  They don’t worry because they know they are anchored to a root system that will not fail them. 

How much more will He help us to emerge out of our murky waters of life, and transform us into a new, strong, grounded, fearless, and beautiful creation? The only job we have is to show off His beauty as we float without a care in the world because we know He is fighting our battles for us. 

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matt 11:29

4 thoughts on “Do you rest like a Lilypad?”

  1. Heather Bjerke

    You are truly amazing. You have the beautiful ability of seeing God in everything. I really love that about you !!!!

  2. Erica,what a lovely picture of Truely being Rooted and Grounded in JESUS!He alone Is Our Sabbath Rest.

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