My childhood home sat on a man-made lake bordered by large trees on one side. My friends and I loved to sneak around the corner, climb up high in the heavy branches, and peer through the cascading leaves down to the deep blue water. That tree-lined corner of our world provided shade and shelter, and we loved to explore its depths.
I grew up in the land of hurricanes and storm shutters, so one dark summer night, the wind and rain lashed down unmercifully as we sat in our homes huddled around a battery-operated radio waiting for the storm to pass. After what seemed like an eternity, the sun peeked out through the clouds, and my parents opened up the door to the outside once again. Only a day or two had passed, but I’d learned so much through the experience that I felt older and wiser. Around my home, evidence of the storm continued my education. Pieces of debris, downed power lines, and broken branches littered the street. I inched carefully along the sidewalk around the corner to my favorite spot and discovered my tree hangout sat relatively unscathed. The relentless wind tried to topple the giant beauties, but they still pointed up to the sky and displayed the glory of God. The roots of steal broke through one portion of the sidewalk, but still remained firmly positioned.
As I read Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae, I think about how the trees of my childhood picture a life of faith. When our hearts and minds are deeply rooted in the Word, the storms of this world cannot unsettle us. The challenge is to stay connected to our source of strength. As we tap into the water of life, we continue to flourish, and our branches extend out to others in response. With overflowing gratitude, we seek to provide shelter and shade for others.
Paul’s life pictures the deeply-rooted life perfectly. In I Thessalonians, we see how he continued to grow in relationship to Christ, and out of thanksgiving and love, he prayed for the saints to continue to persevere in faith.
Today, you will cross paths with someone whose life has been unmercifully broken by the storms of life. Will thanksgiving overflow from your heart and point them to God’s shelter and shade? May our deeply-rooted lives stand strong and display His glory to a world that’s watching.
Let’s Talk: How do you stay deeply rooted to Christ? Does your life provide shelter and shade to others?
“Deeply Rooted Lives” was originally published at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale’s Daily Devo.
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