That person is like a tree planted by a stream of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither -
whatever they do prospers.
Our house is nestled deep in the forest. We are surrounded on all sides by oaks, hickories, pines, tulip poplars, basswoods, maples, birch, and sweet gums. What a cool, shady canopy these provide in the hot months of summer!
From time to time, people will ask, "Aren't you afraid of one of those trees falling and hitting your house when there's a bad storm."
My answer? Not in the least!
Because, not only do the roots of these giants run deep, but they also run together. Intertwine in one sprawling, underground web. Lending a strength and stability to hold them securely even in the worst of winds.
Winds against which a stand-alone tree hasn't a chance . . .
In her sermon several weeks ago, Pastor Emily speaks of those persons who long to sink their roots deeply into the church. To link up with the strong roots of others for support and affirmation and spiritual guidance.
But, they suffer from the stand-alone tree syndrome.
Their problems are too big. Their hurts, too painful.
No one, they think, can possibly understand. Can help them heal. Can listen in love.
And, they withhold their thirsty roots from the stream.
But, Emily invites them to join the forest. Assures them that there is no situation or circumstance or hurt or loss that somebody, somewhere in the congregation, hasn't experienced.
They are not alone in their troubles.
So many roots ready and willing and able to wrap themselves around their fragile ones. To listen. Sympathize. Encourage. Lift up in prayer.
To love them just as they are, where they are.
Seeing them through the storm.
And, prospering them in their walk with the Lord.
When the storms of life come, do you have a "root system" you can depend on?
Will you join me in prayer?
You did not create us, Father, to live in isolation, but to rejoice in the fellowship of others traveling life's journey with us. May Your love, comfort, and understanding show through us as we reach out to another or ask someone for help. Let us be so rooted in Your Living Water that we can shine the light of hope into the lives of the hurting. Amen.
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