Your Roots are Showing!
While attending a women's conference in Atlanta, Georgia recently, the ladies experienced the privilege of gathering together at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Despite the fact the lake was nestled in a beautiful wooded area, while admiring the beauty of God’s creativity, I began to stumble approaching the edge of the lake. Swiftly looking down, there were noticeable exposed tree roots. Immediately, visions of an over-filled lake permeated my thoughts. Recollections of previous storms, hurricanes, and various water devastation prompted the affirmation of this tree being solid; grounded firmly, yet major portions of its roots were exposed. The tree branches and leaves showed great vitality and offered no evidence of erosion or ruin.
Psalms 1:1-3 says "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers" (NIV).
What a remarkable opportunity to compare the life of the Christian to the tree. This tree particularly. While it apparently has endured trial after trial, season after season and obvious hardship, the tree bears evidence it is rooted firmly. Although it has experienced much tribulation, its roots are being nourished, sustained and even protected although they are exposed.
A New Thing
Perhaps your roots are exposed. Are they dry and parched? Are they trampled carelessly by others? Could it be that your roots are revealed for all the world to see, yet they are covered by the shade of the Master; still able to reach down into the fertile, wholesome parts of God's Spiritual soil? Are your roots receiving Spiritual nourishment?
Just as this tree and its roots reveal visible trauma it readily offers hope and life. Not only are the roots being kept, there is new life springing forth within them. As our heavenly Father continues to care for this tree and its roots, God proves once again His desire it to do a new thing! Isaiah 43:19 says “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (NIV).
God is desires to do a new thing. Let Him.
There is a word of encouragement to the believer today. You may have experienced a storm of life circumstances. A storm of sin. A storm with potential to leave total devastation. Even though there may be others who are aware of your former and possibly even present sin, remember Romans 8:1-4 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit" (NIV).
If your roots are showing it's OK! If others see your trauma, they are only viewing the remnants of your survival tactics. Remember Jeremiah 17:8 “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (NIV).