I was sitting at the dinner table when I looked out the back window and noticed this mighty tree that stood taller than all the others. I watched as the wind blew fiercely and the only movement to be seen was the slight movement of the remaining leaves that refused to let go of where they we’re rooted.
As I watched the tree that evening, my heart kept stirring with thoughts of “How deep do my roots really go?” Roots are what sustains a tree when the winds get high, and the storms get tough. The deeper the roots, the firmer the stand no matter what blows through, or what heat comes.
When we’re going through the storms of life it sometimes becomes difficult to keep holding on and not let them carry us away. Even though destruction and wind damage is sometimes inevitable, so is the beauty after the clean up! It’s through those storms that we find just how deep we are rooted in Christ, the One who truly carries us, and that we draw closer to Him. Trusting in Him, no matter what, will dig and plant our roots a little deeper with each one.
When we let Christ draw us closer and root us deeper in Him, we can take joy in the fact that when the winds come, we will be like those remaining leaves that refused to let go of where they we’re rooted. We can hold on because we know where and to whom we belong.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV