via Daily Prompt: Roots

Roots are fascinating.  Outside my window, less than 3 feet away, there is a bush providing a sanctuary for the bird my daughter named “Tweety” to sit on her eggs.  Before she came, we never thought much about that bush.  We love to watch the bird, and we have noticed the spacing of the leaves and the interwoven branches that are perfect for this nest to be protected from predators.  Yet, we see Tweety raise her head up to enjoy the cool breeze that easily blows through those same spaces.  We see her watching our cat through the window and she observes our every move when we go outside.  She hops up through the branches to get in her nest as if she had paved out her path and not a single twig gets in her way.    The bush is large, I’m sure it’s roots are deep allowing it along with the nest made of twigs that once came from a root to have the blessed job of participating in the cycle of life.  We have really enjoyed watching this little bird nesting.  A root as a sanctuary…our Creator is amazing!!
I love trees!  There is a scripture that I clung tightly to during my time in therapy.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:8
Honestly, I couldn’t imagine myself being like a tree.  But the seed, it had been covered with dirt and left to struggle, to have to bust open its shell to be able to grow, to have to fight with all it’s might just to get air, I could imagine that.  I was that!  I knew all about the struggle, but every time I read the verse I was filled with hope.  All these trees that I love so much started as a seed.
I believe it was Cassie (8yr old part) that discovered this verse because she would write about it in our journal.  I would find posts from time to time on my facebook that she had done and one of my favorites said, “When I grow up I want to be a big oak tree!”  It’s the struggle of the seed that makes the roots grow deep.  On each new level, when I felt like the floor had just collapsed under my feet, I longed to be like the tree described in Jeremiah 17:8.  It did not fear the heat (the trials, the tears, the sorrows, the fight) because it had roots deep into a water source.  God gave Cassie the revelation that to be that tree, she had to drink from Jesus, the living water source by reading the Word of God.  Never underestimate a child’s ability to receive from God, she fully understood that without daily Bible reading, all the other stuff just wasn’t going to last.  It was the simple things that she did in obedience that allowed her roots to grow.  And wow did they grow!  Healing became explosive and we moved quickly from glory to glory once we put serious effort into daily Bible reading.  The more we read, the more we couldn’t stop reading.  We had tapped into the Source of nourishment for every need we had.  (And yikes, we were very needy!)
I’ve grown a lot since then and I’ve learned through some really tough trials that having roots deep in Christ WILL sustain me every single time.  The thing I love most about trees is that they don’t stop growing!  We never “arrive” at our destination, there is always more to do, more to learn, more to experience, and with Jesus, it just gets better and better every day!!
Embrace the seed.  Grow your roots.  Fight with everything in you to break out of your shell and push through into the crisp, fresh air of all God has for you!  It won’t be easy but it will be worth it!!