Our Roots

On a recent stroller ride, I noticed new trees sprouting up from the ground. They formed a nice row of about 5 trees. These trees were growing up where an old tree once stood.

As I marveled at this resurrection God brought to mind that the old tree left its roots. As I thought about that I wondered if this works the same way for us? Do the roots that grow our own personal trees live on as testimony to our faith or lack of it?

The old testament talks about trees many times. I especially like the verse that talks about being planted by streams of water in Psalm 1:3

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.

We as Christians need to keep planted by life-giving water, keep bearing fruit, and continue to have life-sustaining leaves on our branches. We also need to make sure our Christian heritage has deep roots that live on long after we have gone “home” inspiring our family, friends, and many others to live a fruitful, deep-rooted life.

  • Looking at roots, leaves and fruits that should be coming off of our life trees with you. – Michele

4 thoughts on “Our Roots

  1. Maryleigh says:

    I just finished The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Gouge – and she uses that as one of the images of restoration. When we kayak, we see the roots when the water’s low and the bleached out roots with the trees growing so tall above! I loved your imagery here – and the reminder that God can take the broken and fallen and raise up! Shalom Michele! ~ Maryleigh

  2. Bettie G says:

    What a beautiful illustration to see those young trees all growing in a row where the old one had been! Thank you for sharing this. Yes, may we pray for those generations coming after us!

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