So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2: 6-7, NIV)
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3: 18-19, KJV)
Rooted. Like a tree, roots are critical for you and me. Long, deep, wide roots in the Lord.
Some trees have a large root system, called a tap root, that goes far down into the ground. They have depth. Deep roots stabilize the tree when the strong winds blow. For you and me, deep roots in Christ and in His Word are essential when the storms of life arise- and every day.
But most tree roots grow out horizontally from the tree in the top 6-18 inches of soil. A mature tree’s roots can spread 2-3 times the diameter of the tree’s crown or canopy. A tree that’s 30 feet tall can have roots that reach out 60 – 90 feet from the trunk. That’s far outside tip of the branches. The nourishment we receive from being rooted in the Lord is far-reaching, extending into every part of our lives and well beyond as we take His Love out to the world.
No matter what their natural shape, a tree’s roots shoulder quite a responsibility. I learned, as my curiosity led me to look it up, that the roots of all plants serve to anchor the plant, absorb water and soil nutrients, and take in oxygen. For the tree, roots take in what is needed for vibrant life – and so it is for the believer.
Reminds me of a little song we pre-schoolers at church used to sing loudly and with vigorous hand motions: “Deep and wide, deep and wide….” Anybody remember that one?
Are you strongly rooted in God’s Word, fed constantly by God’s Spirit? Are you spiritually nourished so that you can be strong in Him, no matter what winds of life try to blow you down?
A tornado hit my neighborhood a couple of years ago, and one tree made an indelible impression on my heart. I’m so glad I took pictures of it before they took it down in the cleanup. It was completely twisted by the ferocious winds, but it wasn’t uprooted. You’ll find pictures of it below..
O Lord, I want to be rooted and grounded in You! Thank You for the nourishment for life from Your Word. Thank You for Your presence and Your on-time interventions in my life. You are my strength, my God.