Since Hurricane Matthew roared through Southern Haiti, one of the things I see on my daily walk, are hundreds of trees uprooted and ripped from the ground. There are trees of all shapes and sizes, but the ones that I notice the most, are the biggest ones, that now have their root systems completely exposed. What are roots, and their significance to trees?
-Roots guarantee the existence of a tree. If there are no roots, there is no tree.
-Roots anchor the tree in the soil, giving it stabililty and a base for the trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit.
-Roots also bring in water and minerals for the tree to grow and mature.
Throughout the bible, new and old testament, there are many verses and parables about tree’s and their roots. The scriptures on this topic have come alive to me in a new way. Here are just a few verses I’d like to encourage you with. Jeremiah shared the analogy of a faith-filled person with a strong, flourishing tree. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17: 7-9.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”Psalm 1:2-3
“So then, just as your received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as your were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
In Ephesians 3:17, Paul talks about “being rooted and established in love.”
One of the most effective ways I can be rooted to Christ, is to continue to immerse myself in His word, as well as continue to put my roots or foundation down deep in the Lord. So that when the “rain comes down, the streams rise, the winds blow and beat against me,” I stand firm and have “stability” in Christ, instead of falling like the tree’s here in Haiti. What is your foundation rooted in?
POST HURRICANE UPDATE
We have an awesome team of carpenters here helping Scott this week! The 5 men are working hard, and making good progress on projects around the campus. One of the most helpful characteristics of this team, is that they are skilled, and don’t need Scott’s supervision, which frees Scott up to do other work. We are thanking the Lord for this provision, as well as the people in the US organizing relief and teams. I hope to do my next blog post on the team and their work.