The prompt for this week is…
I once heard that a tree is as tall underground than it is above ground. That means if you lined up all the roots and root hairs end to end to end, the length of it all would stretch maybe even higher than the height of the tree. That’s an amazing picture of how our Christian life should be, which has parts that can be seen by others and parts that are hidden. No tree can exist without a solid and extensive root system, which functions not just to anchor the tree but also as the way for the tree to get the nourishment and supply it needs. Without it, the tree would dry up and the slightest wind or storm would easily knock it down.
We as believers are no different. Sometimes I look at my older, more mature brothers and sisters in the Lord and wonder how they were able to not just stand all these years, but also to be flourishing and bearing fruit in their Christian life. Despite the suffering, persecutions even, life’s storms, they’re still a testimony of one who is enjoying Christ. I see a marvelous tree, but what I probably don’t see are all the small hidden experiences underneath it. Our Christian life should be full of experiences with the Lord that others don’t see. Everyday we should be putting out more root hairs that tap into the supply of grace in Christ. By developing these fine, small, private, hidden, intimate experiences with Him, we will be anchored and flourishing even in times of trial. No matter where we are in our growth in life, we can all benefit from having deeper roots.
“And he will be like a tree transplanted beside streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and whose foliage does not wither; and everything he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)