A while back there was a fire in this nature preserve in Port Aransas, Texas while we were visiting. Ellis and I walked the trail through the area about a week later expecting to see total devastation.
I wish the picture post fire were better of the blades of grass sticking up everywhere. Only a week later! No reseeding needed.
How is that possible?
Well-established roots not only cause the grass (a perennial) to grow back quickly, but, according to my research, it will often grow back more plentiful.
The Bible talks about roots quite a bit and it seems like there is a lot of similarity to their importance in a Christian’s life.
Jesus, Himself told His disciples that someone who has no roots would hear the Gospel with joy but then will fall away when they have problems or undergo persecution for believing.
The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. Matthew 13:20-21
Paul told the Ephesians he was praying they would be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, comprehending the magnitude of it and being filled up “to all the fullness of God” as a result. Those are serious roots!
He also encouraged the Colossians to be firmly rooted as well to be built up and established in their fatih. Why? So no one could take them captive through false teaching.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7
If you're in Christ - you have roots!
Have you been devastated by loss, rejection, recognition of your own sin, a physical ailment, or diagnosis? There are so many ways we can get burned in this life. Yet, if you are in Christ, you have your roots in Him. Let Him do His work to bring up the green shoots of new fruit, and trust Him that the fruit will be more abundant as a result of this time of fire and testing. As a result, your roots will also grow deeper into His firm foundation.
Lord, I pray for every reader who needs to know that you are at work in their devastation. I pray they will sense your work that will result in something abundantly beyond all they can ask or imagine. Praise you for what you are doing!
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