Deep Roots


I’ve always wanted to see the Redwood trees in California. I’ve seen pictures and heard stories, but have never been able to see the awe inspiring sight of the tallest trees on earth. It is said that this tree can reach heights of 378 ft. That is taller than the U.S. Capital building, the Statue of Liberty, and Big Ben. Redwoods can also achieve a diameter of 24 feet, and weight 1.6 million pounds. Wow, now that is a sight that speaks to how awesome God is! I think that one thing that is so fascinating about this tree, is that as tall as they are you would expect that they might not be very stable. But, that is not the case at all. These trees are extremely firm, and it is said that they can live to be 2,000 years old. So, how can they stand for this many years and grow to such vast heights? Roots! One amazing thing about these trees are their roots. They go deep, but what is more interesting is that the roots of a tree intertwine with the roots of the tree next to them, which makes them more stable! The trees are supported by what they are attached to under the earth where no one can see!

This is a great reminder to us as Christians, it is not what people see above the ground that give us our strength, it is what our roots are tied to that enables us to stand firm. There may be times when people look at us and marvel how “tall” we are when storms rage, even though we may feel small. It is in those moments that we can point to where our roots are grounded, and the source from which our strength comes. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” When we cause our roots to go deep into trusting in the Lord and His word, we will grow firm regardless of the difficulties in life. In fact, “If God promised His servants an unbroken run of prosperity, there would be many counterfeit Christians. Don’t be surprised at famine…it is permitted to root you deeper just as a whirlwind makes the tree grapple deeper roots into soil.” (F.B. Meyer)

Know that for the Christian, it is in the calm of life that we must bury our roots in the trust of God and His word. For it is when the storms of life come that we need our roots to be the deepest. And when those storms rage we need to be tied down within His truth so that He will stabilize our lives. Paul said, “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith.” The question you must ask is, what are my roots tied to? When the storm comes will you be tied down safe and secure like a Redwood, or will you fall because you have not secured your life to the only One who can give you strength? He is strong enough to keep you stable, so dig deep now and tie your roots to the only firm foundation!