Deeply Rooted

toppled tree

A recent rain and wind storm toppled trees across our area. Trees which stood tall and provided sumptuous summer shade easily toppled into power lines and homes. A tree at my sister’s home crashed into the street narrowly missing her car; the tree’s roots barely plunging beneath the surface of her yard. It was a reminder that God gave plants and trees roots to serve for two different purposes: to act as arteries of nourishment and to anchor the tree in the ground during storms.

Deep roots allow trees to draw moisture and other nutrients from far below the earthen surface to feed the entire body and to survive times of drought when surface water is non-existent.

Trees with shallow roots systems are also prone to damage from even the slightest winds, but deep roots embed the trees solidly into the ground.

People are like trees in that we all have roots in something. Our roots may be in traditions or belongings, rituals or self, politics or money, church or relationships. There is nothing necessarily wrong in any of these, but they all come and go; none of them are immune to the winds and rains of daily life. Traditions change, belongings are stolen; rituals become meaningless and self ages and dies. Politics disappoint, money deflates, churches close, and relationships break.

Many people call themselves Christians, but their roots betray their true identity (Matthew 3:10) and reveal the shallowness or emptiness of their faith (Matthew 13:20-21).

But as a true child of God, your roots have been planted firmly in Jesus. He is the solid anchor of your roots and the ground of growth from which your full nutrition is provided. It is in Him you depend for both security and supply.

Draw upon Him. Cling firmly to Him. As you do so, your roots will spread both outward and downward, adding to both the fruitfulness and the beauty of your faith in Him.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7).


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