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Monday, January 26, 2009

Deeper Roots . . . Higher Reach

There I was at Starbuck's the other day with a couple of friends, waiting in line for the bathroom. A poster on the wall has a simple drawing of a tree and its roots and the caption says, "The deeper the roots, the higher the reach." Now there's some inspiration! Of course they had their own twist on it, but the principle is from the word of God.

God uses the picture of a tree to show us how the deeper we are rooted in Him, His word, and His love; the more stability that brings to us . . . and the higher our reach will go. Think of the tall trees in the rainforest or jungle that provide cover for the younger ones . . . think of the palm trees that bend and sway in the storm, but the strength of the wind is not stronger than their roots. What you can't see below them is their source of strength.

As the winds of life blow you around, you may feel like you are not steady or secure and you would greatly enjoy the wind to stop blowing, but we were not promised a life with no storms. As one who is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, you will not topple. His love is unfailing, the nutrients of His soil are perfect for you - you can stretch far and deep into His love, to keep you from falling over.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power . . . to grasp how long and how wide and how high and how deep is the love of God. Ephesians 3:17b-18

I am like a olive tree flourishing in the house of God, I trust in God's unfailing love forever and forever. Psalm 52:8

He shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water that sinks that brings forth its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, whatever he does shall prosper (come to maturity). Psalm 1:3

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