Rooted In Christ

Many years ago when I was living at home I recall we had a terrible storm.  One of the over Manitoba Maples that lined our drive came down in front of our house, all 50′ feet of it…right in front of the house. It damaged some eaves, took down the hydro line and scratched the aluminium a bit, but with amazingly little damage to the house.
I have no idea how long those trees were there, but from the size of them I would say a very, very long time. I remember thinking they were so huge and mighty, and had you asked me what it would have taken to bring them down I would have imagined a much greater force that a thunder storm. This tree in particular also served as a great home to many creatures over the years, including squirrel birds, chipmunks and insects of course. It was also the home of our tire swing and place we had many climbing adventures. It was massive, strong, seemingly very purpose filled, and yet the right storm came along and completely uprooted it from the ground. I recall being fascinated with the scene of this enormous tree laying there across our property and this, in comparison, small grouping of roots coming up out of the sand.

uprootedtree(1998 actual tree down at my house)

Well, this summer we had a nasty storm and my brother-in-law had the same thing happen at his place. The family went to help clean up the mess, and as they were describing to me what had happened I knew I had seen it before, at our home those many years ago.

It got me thinking about us as believers, about how we seem and appear to those around us. I began to wonder how many of us seem mighty, impressive and powerful in our Christian lives and beliefs, but our roots are weak and planted in sand? I wonder how many of us are one good storm away from completely uprooting and falling over?

It reminded me of the Sunday School song:

The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rains came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand fell flat.

The other reality, and perhaps the more intriguing one was that when that mighty impressive tree fell, it left an enormous amount of damage and mess to deal with after. When we are in positions or places where people look to us as sources of strength and purpose, and we have put ourselves there by our own strength and determination, we should never take lightly the damage that will happen when our own strength fails, and it will, and we find ourselves uprooted and falling over.

The only way to prevent this from happening is to work to ensure our roots are deep, constantly stretching down to the good earth, to the water, nutrients and essentials to keep our system strong and purposeful.

It brings to mind verses like this one:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

This reminds us that the growth and strength of our spirit will come if we take care and nurture our roots. Our outward appearance, studies, activities and nature do not create in us spiritual maturity, but rather are the result of it.

God’s creation is all around us, and as Autumn comes we are often drawn to look at the trees. Perhaps this year as you look around you will be reminded of this and remind yourself of the importance to care for your roots in God, after all Psalms tells us:

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

Imagine what we could see happen in our lives if we sank out roots deep into the word of God DAY AND NIGHT and allowed Him to be our sustenance and power to grow, flourish and produce fruit. Just imagine what works He would do!

Have a blessed night.

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