are some things that we know about roots? Plants have roots. Those roots
bring food and water up out of the soil for the plant that is above ground.
The roots stabilize the plant and keep it from tipping over or blowing away.
If a mole came along and ate all the roots of a plant the plant would
would happen if roots were growing in soil that had no nourishment for the
plant? The plant would not be healthy and would soon die. What would happen
if roots were unable to find water in the soil? The plant would soon die.
So, not only does a plant need roots to survive, it has to have its roots
imbedded in soil that will provide it with what it needs.
Chapter 4 of Mark Jesus told a parable (story) about a man going out to
plant seed for a crop. Some of the seeds landed where birds came along and
ate them. Some of the seeds landed on ground that was rocky and only had a
shallow layer of soil over the rocks. Those seeds began to grow, but the
roots could not go very deep to get water and the sun scorched those plants
and they died. Other seeds began growing in areas where there were lots of
weeds. The weeds grew faster than the plants and their roots gobbled up the
water and nutrients out of the soil and choked out the good plants. The
seeds that landed on good ground became productive plants and yielded
produce for the man who distributed the seeds.
made a comparison between the seeds and people. The seeds that were eaten by
the birds were similar to people who heard the Word of God, but didn’t do
anything with it. They did not root themselves in it or grab hold of it.
came along and filled those people’s hearts with other worldly things.
He took their minds off Jesus. The Word that they heard soon disappeared
from their memories. The good thing that they had was stolen from them.
seeds that fell on rocky ground were similar to people who heard the Word of
God and were interested in the things they heard for a very short time. They
never actually rooted themselves in the Word. They soon allowed the cares
and troubles of the world to become their main focus. They turned their eyes
and hearts away from the Lord, forgot the things they heard, and struggled
along in the world.
seeds that began growing among the thorns were like people who actually sank
roots in the Word. They began growing in the Lord. However, they allowed the
things in the Word to become important. They reached out for the things the
Lord had for them. Then, the troubles they encountered began to overshadow
the Word. Their eyes began focusing on the problems they were having. They
saw things in the world that seemed more pleasurable than walking with the
Lord. They turned away from the Word and allowed the worldly things to choke
out everything they had learned.
seeds that grew in good soil were like people who, once they heard the Word
of God, continued seeking what God had for them. They grew in knowledge of
God and were continually hungry for more. They placed the Word of God
between them and the world. They kept their eyes and hearts focused on the
Lord and what He had for them. They tried to find out what plans He had for
their lives. They sought His will. They looked to Him for answers to their
they grew they began to develop “fruit.” A person’s fruits are those things
he emits through words and deeds. The fruits of the (Holy) Spirit are
described in Galatians 5:22-23. They are love, joy, peace, longsuffering
(patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness (humbleness), and
temperance (not doing things to excess). Those fruits are evident in the
lives of those who are rooted in the Lord.
think about what it means for a person to be rooted in something. The roots
are what sustains a plant and anchors it. In a person we are not literally
speaking about food and water type of nourishment when we speak of being
rooted. We are speaking about nourishment of the mind and soul. A person
becomes rooted in things that interest him and/or things he enjoys. As it
says in Romans11:16,
". . .if the root be holy, so are the branches."
means that the things that are seen in a person (the branches) are a direct
reflection of the types of things into which that person has rooted himself.
can tell a lot about where a person’s roots are by noticing where he spends
the bulk of his free time. The things that a person spends time doing and
thinking about are the things that fill his mind and heart. Once things have
settled into the mind and heart they exit through words and deeds. Those are
that person’s fruits. Those are the things that are seen by others and that
tell other people what kind of person he is.
as we discussed, also are for stability. People need to have something on
which to grab hold when rough times come. When things begin to happen that
are out of the person’s ability to control that person needs some sort of
roots. They need to be able to hang on to something that isn’t as wobbly as
their life has become.
Picture yourself in a large earthquake. The ground is moving under your feet
and everything around you is being tossed about just as you are. Are you
going to hang on to something that is as unstable looking as you are feeling
or are you going to hang on to something that is standing solidly nearby,
that is not moving at all?
things into which people root themselves become the things that fill their
minds and hearts. When troubles come they have no comfort in those things if
they were only worldly things. The things of the world are temporary and are
shallow. Even friends and relatives are not completely trustworthy and can
fail to provide support and comfort in times of stress.
the ONLY THING that never changes. Psalm 102:27 tells us,
"But thou [God] art the same, and thy years shall have no end."
the ONLY THING that is 100%, completely, absolutely, without-a-doubt
reliable ALL THE TIME! God loves each and every person with an unconditional
love. That love is unchanging and is not dependent on behavior nor on
reciprocal love. There is nothing you can do or say to make God love you any
more or any less! NOTHING! God is the One into which everyone should sink
their roots! He will provide all the nourishment and stability that is
necessary to make it in this life we are living!
a beautiful pine tree in our front yard. It had a huge fork about four feet
off the ground that was perfect for young people to sit in and watch the
world go by. It was wide and provided shade during the hot summers and was
home to hummingbirds, sparrows, and a pair of doves. It was a beautiful
In 2008 we had three days of steady rain. The ground was thoroughly
soaked. The night of that third day the wind began to blow. That was no
ordinary wind! The gusts hit 100 miles per hour. THAT WIND WAS WHIPPING!!
wind was so loud that it woke my son and me up around 3:00AM. We got up to
find that the electricity had gone out. We took flashlights and looked out
the windows. We saw shingles and leaves and all sorts of things flying
through the air.
some candles and sat down to play some cards. We made sure we were in a room
that was on the downwind side of the house just in case some large object
broke any windows. Every once in a while we would hear a large booming noise
and would grab our flashlights, shine them out the windows, and try to see
what was happening.
time while looking out the front window I noticed I could see the sky over
where the top of our big pine tree had been. I figured some branches had
broken off the top of our beautiful tree and we now had a much shorter tree.
We heard a boom coming from the back of the house and looked out the kitchen
window. I saw a large piece of pine tree lying out in the middle of our
yard. I made the comment that our big pine tree in the back yard had also
lost some branches. However, as I followed the “branches” with my flashlight
in the direction of where the tree had stood I saw the entire length of the
tree lying prone on our grass! The tree had fallen over!!
getting over the shock of losing such a large tree, my son and I decided we
wanted some hot chocolate so I tried to fill the teapot from the sink. We
had no water. I understood the electricity being out because of overhead
wires falling, but I couldn’t understand the water being off. After all, the
water pipes were all underground. . . . .
The light bulb in my head went on. I grabbed the flashlight and ran out into
the front yard. The sky I had been looking at over my “shortened” tree was
actually the sky over the side branches of my tree! The tree had blown
completely over and was lying in the street! The top of the tree was now
touching the curb on the opposite side of the street! In the middle of our
yard was a 10 foot high gusher of water. The tree roots had pulled our water
main out of the ground when it fell!
in the house praying that the tree had not covered the water meter as that
was the only way we would be able to turn off the geyser. I got my husband
out of bed (he had just been able to fall asleep when my son and I had
gotten up) and we (Praise God!) were able to shut off the water at the
meter. My husband worked the wrench while I held the flashlight and watched
for falling trees and flying debris.
soon as the sun rose we were able to assess the damage. The wind was still
blowing hard, but only about 60 or 70 mph. The root ball on the tree in the
front was 10 to 12 feet high! It was huge! The huge roots had spread out
sideways. The reason the tree had fallen over was because there were no
roots going straight down into the soil! It was the same with the large tree
and four smaller trees that we had lost in the back yard. The roots had all
gone sideways when they encountered hard soil!
the roots gone deeper they would have held the trees in place even though
the soil was soaked. The roots needed to sink deeply into the soil to
support the weight of the tree when the strong winds blew.
is just like people. We think we are secure since we are doing fine. We may
have begun sinking our roots into the Lord, but got distracted and the roots
branched out into other things. Sometimes when we encounter difficulties we
forget that we are putting our roots in the Lord in order for Him to support
us and we withdraw from Him and our roots, again, branch out into other
small trials happen we are able to weather the storms and come out on top,
even though our roots are not in the Lord. However, when major troubles come
along then the roots that we have sunk into whatever seemed good at the time
offer us no support. When looking at a seemingly overwhelming crisis some
people commit suicide because they have no hope. Some people retreat into
alcoholism, drugs, insanity, depression, or some other type of escape from
time to make a decision of where to sink roots is now. It is often too late
to begin sinking new roots when calamity knocks on our door. The decision is
being made now. As you are reading this you are making your choices. What
you do from this minute forward will result in where your roots grow.
for you what Paul prayed for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:14:
"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of
whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you,
according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that
ye, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all
saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know
the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with
all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world
without end. Amen."
loves you. He has already given His Son for you. He is waiting for you to
reach for His stretched-out hand. He is the anchor that you need. He is
everything that you need. Do you need more wisdom? Do you need more peace in
your life? Do you need to feel loved? Sink your roots in Him and you will
receive those things.
came, not only to provide the perfect sacrifice for sin, but to demonstrate
God’s love to the world. If you want to be the best you can be, if you want
to have stability, if you want to have all the blessings that are yours...
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been
taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."