It is all in the Roots

9:18 AM

For the first time in many months, we got heavy rains in Texas. Because it has been so long, there were quite a few downed limbs and trees in our area. On our own land, we lost a huge post oak tree.

This may not seem so odd, but it is strange when you realize that the tree was green and, not too far away, was a tree that is dead.

Can you see the dead tree behind through the branches? This tree has been dead for years. Yet, it stood through the storm, and not the tree with all the pretty green leaves.

Yes, if you look at these two trees you just can't understand why the green one fell. It looks so healthy, full of lush green leaves. While the dead one hasn't sprouted new leaves for many springs, and its limbs have fallen to the ground. So what caused the mighty oak to fall?

The roots were rotted, and bug infested. The tree didn't seem to have a strong connection with its root system. So, when the storm came in, and the soil grew soft with rain, the tree could no longer hold its weight.

Although we cannot see the root system of the dead tree, I can only imagine how deep and strong it must be. It has made it through many storms and held fast, even though it looks dead, because it is connected to a deep, and vast root system.

There are so many lessons we can learn here, but here is my thought for the day: It is easy to look at those people who are doing all sorts of things for God and think they are better than us. They do so many good works, everyone thinks they are the strongest and best. Some look dull and plain, and people ask why they don't do more for God. Yet that dull person is putting down roots, and quietly building into God and the lives around them, without bragging about it. When the hard times in life come, the one with the deep roots stands.

What lesson do you see from these two trees?

 Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings. Ephesians 3:16-19 The Voice

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  1. I just love trees! Especially when they appear all illogical like that! Some friends of ours used to have a dead tree on their property which they called old Whitespike, and every time there was a bit of wind, they were so afraid that it would fall down.

    They would sure that Hurricane Ike would knock it down, but no! The tree that fell was a HUGE, healthy oak. To my knowledge, Whitespike is still standing today (leastways, it was still standing two years ago when they sold the property).

    My mother attributed it to the leaves as well as the lack of roots. Old Whitespike had no leaves or even branches for the wind to catch, while Ike's Oak (the name that we kids gave the fallen tree posthumously) had plenty.

    Ike's Oak had not only neglected to put down roots, but the outward fluff and feathers were what brought him down.

  2. Love this post! Wonderful insights, Sarah. Thank you for sharing. <3