Digging in Roots and Stretching Branches
It is difficult to believe that August has arrived signaling that summer is ending and the stability or roots of life with its schedules and seriousness is soon to kick in. The more carefree life of summer with its glorious displays of greenery, flowers, and seemingly more relaxing time slowly disappears and changes into a different season with vastly changing priorities. Before we know it, Autumn will arrive with its brightly colored hues, cooler weather, and possible restraints, as life appears to be more serious. But, as things change for the good or bad our roots should stay planted while our branches continue to reach up.
This week, I noticed that the leaves of my neighbor’s tree are falling freely to the ground even though it isn’t Fall. The green has turned brown even in the season in which they should remain green. No, the tree isn’t dying, it is just a seasonal problem that occurs at almost the same time every year. Obviously, though, the roots of this tree are stable as it winters properly and, in the spring, will bud to the leaves of summer. Its branches, through all the changes, continue to remain stretching heavenward. The tree stands solidly while the branches lift up through the summer storms, fall changes, winter weather, and once again breaks through with new life when spring returns.
The tree with all its changes seems to praise God whether its lush with life and green leaves or bare and twisted. The branches remain reaching up as if patiently waiting in faith for the good things of life to return once again. It shows us its continued faith as its roots dig deeper while its branches reach higher saying that its help comes from above.
Reach Upward in Trust
This week our focus verse tells us to stand strong in our roots and continue to reach up as God will provide us through Christ, what we need. It is through His promises that our roots can dig deeper and sustain us through all times too. God wants us to give our life issues and problems to Him. They are not for us to keep to ourselves but to reach up and trust Him to help us. Sometimes our life problems are overwhelming and difficult, but He never expects us to go at it alone.
When we experience the pains of life through betrayal, hurts, or overwhelming dismay of changes that are taking place it is then we must dig our roots deeper and reach up to Him. God is greater than any problem we may have or experience. We can fully depend upon Him when the people of life abandon us. But we can’t trust and expect Him to help us if we hold our problems to ourselves.
Give your burdens to the Lord and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.Â Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
If you want to trust someone you must get to know them better. It is the same with the Lord. When you develop your relationship at a deeper level you begin to acknowledge His great love for you. This not only will give you immense pleasure and joy in His presence but allow you to commit everything you do to Him trusting that He will always have your back.Â This allows your roots to dig deeper and you to reach higher toward Him for help no matter what season of life you are in.
A Relationship that is Ready and Willing
Pride is often a culprit that needs releasing, so you can fully recognize that God really cares. It takes admitting a need to Him, so He can make the arrangements to help you weather the storm. This help often comes by allowing others in God’s family to reach out to you. It is very important to remember that there is no struggle or issue that you may go through that is too great for God to help even those caused by sin or foolishness.
So, no matter the reasons or cause of your problems if you turn to the one most Holy, He will bear the weight of even the heaviest ones of life. Letting God hold your anxieties call not for passivity but for action. You must not submit to your circumstances but instead to God, who controls them all.
Won’t you allow yourself to dig your roots deeper and reach out to God with your life issues letting Him take control? Be convicted to trust Him completely while allowing your motivation to develop from knowing that no matter the root of the problem He stands ready to make good from it. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that He loves and cares for you so much that He is always standing by ready to help no matter if your life is filled with sunshine or storms.
Love in Christ,
All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.
Saint Teresa of Avila
What are your thoughts?
Have you allowed your roots to dig deeper while reaching your arms up no matter what problem you are facing? Is it difficult for you to remember that God always ”has your back?” Share your thoughts on the importance of rooting yourself in Christ so you can handle both the sunshine and the rain.