The Root (Rest For The Weary) – Hadiya Brown


Wait for the Lord; Be Strong H.B.

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.

Psalm 28:6 NIV   

So, how you been lately? How are you feeling? How have you been holding up, what with the world going completely nuts and all? There’s a whole lot going on right now, right? I don’t know about you, but it’s kinda making me put everything in its proper place.

Perfect example; I work in a college bookstore. I meet and assist all kinds of people. People who are well off, buying everything with Mom and Dad’s credit card; people buying everything with Uncle Sam’s “help”; people who are obviously high on something or struggling to come down off of it; people who are so afraid of only God knows what that they can’t even look me in my eyes; people who wear their disapproval and disrespect for me, or maybe something that I represent, brazenly on their sleeves; people who treat me like a queen or their sister from the moment their eyes meet mine until the moment we say goodbye. And I treat all of these people with the same respect they each deserve. And it’s not that I don’t get tired, or offended, or sad, or angry, or disgusted. Depending on the situation, I have the ability to see the forest, and when need be, I can focus in on the trees.  And when it gets too deep, I can dig down to the root, transcending my basic human understanding until I see what God wants me to see. I open myself up to learn the lessons that He lays out for me.

Believe it or not, I don’t really have a whole lot to say this week. Today, not unlike every single day for the past few weeks, I am most focused on keeping my anger in check because if nothing else, I have learned to be obedient (Ephesians 4:26). This is not to say that I shrivel up or shrink back or shut up. I’ve learned that I can only be content in a world that simultaneously baffles me, yet doesn’t surprise me, if I play my part. In my nearly four decades on this earth, I have never faced a time where there was so much going on that literally everyone is wide awake and sounding off about the events that matter to them. And I am forever grateful that at my core, I know where I belong (Psalm 119:19, Colossians 3:2); I know whose I am (John 10:11-16). Our Lord and Savior has laid the foundation, and in Him, the believer’s roots run deep so that we lack none of the things that truly matter.

I don’t know if the things we see and read about in the news almost every moment of everyday will soon pass. I suspect some of them never will and that the world as we knew it is forever changed. However, I want you to know that we can be blessed with a peace that increasingly eludes many when we do our best to seek God every moment of every day. When we do this, our reward is rest in spite of the troubled world we live in simply because He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9).


Be Blessed,



Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV   

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