I am Planted

Like a Tree…

1Tree RootsWe have a lot of trees in our backyard. The fall consumes my husband’s time with raking and blowing, but right now the trees are peacefully barren.

I see no hints of green that promise the arrival of future leaves but I know they’re coming for one simple reason—the trees are planted. Their roots are spread through the earth drinking nourishing water and offering sturdy stability.

However, an upright tree doesn’t necessarily signify a planted tree. A severe storm toppled a large tree in our yard that appeared healthy. We were puzzled when it crashed to the ground—until we saw its roots. Shallow roots revealed that it was not firmly planted, despite its outward appearance. You know where I’m going with this, but it’s worth the repetition.

The person who delights in God’s Word is “like a tree planted by streams of water.” (Psalm 1:3)

The person in that verse is you and me—righteous people who have become so thanks to God’s forgiveness. Not content to make a good show by standing straight and looking respectable, we reach and stretch our roots to become strong, healthy, productive trees. We are balanced and nourished by roots that continually want more—more life, more knowledge, more fruit.

This is how I know a storm won’t down me like the tree in our backyard:

  • I am positioned near the water; I don’t hang out in dry places.
  • I am proactive in my thirst for God and the refreshment of His Word.

I am firmly planted.

Graphic from lmchouston.com

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Pelliccio
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 16:35:04

    Long reply – I know but had to share this to go along with your blog. So many analogies/lessons in the tree and roots.

    A great experiment in the desert called the biodome created a living environment for human, plant and animal life. A huge glass dome was constructed to house an artificial, controlled environment with purified air and water, healthy soil and filtered light. The intent was to afford perfect growing conditions for trees, fruits and vegetables, as well as humans.

    People lived in the biodome, for many months at a time, and everything seemed to do well with one exception. When the trees grew to a certain height, they would topple over. It baffled scientists until they realized they forgot to include the natural element of wind. Trees need wind to blow against them because it causes their root systems to grow deeper, which supports the tree as it grows taller.

    Who among us doesn’t long for a perfect growing environment for ourselves, with no disruptions from outside influences? We strive to avoid the times of contrast and tension, when life’s daily challenges push against us. When they do, the normal tendency is to curse them. If trees could talk, would we hear them curse the wind each time they encountered a storm?

    We can learn a great deal from nature’s wisdom at work if we are open to the lesson. Watch how a tree bends and sways gracefully when the wind blows against it. It does not stand rigid, resisting the flow of energy. It does not push back. The tree accepts the strong wind as a blessing that helps it grow.

    Such experiences develop our character and deepen our spiritual roots. When we grow deep, we too, stand tall.

    Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D

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