Roots that run deep

“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)

Trees are amazing to watch. Whether their leaves are falling in Autumn, or they stand completely bare in winter, their stance remains upright and outstretched—branches lifted high in praise. That’s what we can look like through every season of our life when we have roots that run deep.

Deep roots come from grounding ourselves in the the truth of what God has spoken over us and our lives…they come from anchoring ourselves to God and to His Word. In Matthew 7, Jesus says that anyone who listens and follows his teaching is like a person who builds his house on solid rock: a solid foundation… 

“Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:25-27)

Seasons come and go, but God’s word remains the same. His promises, His wisdom and His truth are the only “constants” guaranteed in this chaotic and unpredictable life. Take time to know God and to hear Him; take time to read his Word. That’s how roots grow deepest, and that’s the key to arms raised high, whether leaves flourish or fall. 
[Photo by Felix Mittermeier from Pexels]

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