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?  fullsizerender


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.

6 thoughts on “Roots

  1. What a powerful analogy! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to update. Our prayers are with your work teams (our nephew, David Lehman is there with the team – give him our love). May God keep everyone safe and of one mind and spirit as you tackle the tasks at hand.

  2. Sad to see some of the destruction…but what an encouraging post!! Praising God for keeping you safe and continued prayers for all!!

  3. What an awesome post! God is definitely with you for you to be able to write such words of wisdom. May He always be with you as your family continues to serve in Haiti. Thankful the construction team got lots done and praying the next one does as well. With love and prayers to you all.

  4. What a beautiful post Mandy. I’m not sure if the roots analogy was yours or Scotts but it couldn’t have been expressed more beautifully! So thankful to see you have the peace of God during trying circumstances. May we all grow our roots deep! Love you all😘
    John and Linda

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