For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved trees. I love how many kinds there are and all the things they do for the Earth. I also love what they produce…oxygen, beauty, shelter, food, and evidence of seasons. But really, none of these are possible with out the part of the tree we cannot see…the roots!
I don’t think a lot of people would characterize roots as something beautiful. In fact, they are pretty much ugly. Roots go down first (which is against our human nature), are brown and twisted. They just aren’t appealing and they seem complicated. But, without them, we would not be alive. Roots are essential to us.
Why do we need deep roots and what will they do in my life? Here are a few things that healthy, deep roots do for us.
The first thing roots do is take in. When we set aside time to spend with God, what always happens? We receive! We are fed! In this place, we exchange all of our needs with His supply. Our roots take in His strength, His encouragement, and His love.
Ephesians 3: 17-18 says: “Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”
The second thing roots do is store. They serve as a stockpile for what we need when we need it. In this place, we take in living water that will sustain us through any trial. Our roots are still receiving nourishment from the water which allows us to still bear good fruit in any circumstance!
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says: “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
The third thing roots do is support. If we don’t have the proper root system, all the beautiful, showy stuff above ground will topple over. It will fail. Then we’ll have to be straightened back up and possibly even propped up. However, in this place, we can create a network of strong roots that will allow us to withstand any attack the enemy will bring!
Psalm 1: 3 says: “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
The fact is though, we cannot have any of the benefits of a deep, healthy root system if we do not spend time with our Father. We have to draw near to God on a daily basis in order to create a network of roots that will take in, store, and support us through any situation. Is there something you need to set aside in order to make your roots healthier? Any amount of time with Him makes you healthier. And the more time you spend with Him, the more you desire!