Posted by: kathryngraves | September 18, 2012

Deep Roots

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Those of us who have strong faith before a crisis fare better during a crisis. Taking the time and making the effort to pray and study the Bible during peaceful times prepares us for stormy seasons.

Major Supplier. I live in Kansas, where drought conditions are severe this year. Our state is not alone. Much of the United States is suffering the same lack of rain. Kansas, the south-central part of the state in particular, is known as the “bread basket” of the country. We produce more wheat than any other region. We are also a large supplier of corn. Most of this year’s corn crop never even matured. The fields were full of standing, dried-out stalks before the farmers cut it for “hay.”

Preservation Secrets. I don’t live on a farm, but in a city. We don’t have acres of grain growing in town, but we do have a few trees in our yard. We’ve been advised on how to water them to keep them alive. This involves watering all the way out to the “drip line,” the edge of where the branch tips hang overhead. Experts say this is because the root system is as large as the branch system. Young trees are more susceptible to drought be cause their roots don’t go down as far as more mature trees. The older ones can reach the water table. These trees stay green without additional watering. We’re not afraid of losing them. But even the best efforts are sometimes not enough to save the vulnerable. City water, or even well water, is just not as good and full of minerals as rainwater.

Rain vs. City Water. Spiritual drought, when we don’t feel the rain of blessings upon us, can be survived like a physical drought. Only those who have deep tap roots can manage without falling apart and running for a water brigade of friends, books, teachers, and preachers. I’m not suggesting we should ever try to go it alone. But I am suggesting other people may not be able to rescue us if, like the young, vulnerable trees, we have no root system of our own which developed from the “rainwater” of a relationship with the Lord.

If you’re suffering, draw deep from your roots. If this is a calm, “normal” season for you, nurture your roots. They’ll be your lifeline later.

Photo/FreeDigitalPhotos/”Trees in the Fall” by James Barker

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