I love to talk. I like words and have always been a chatterer but sometimes God calls us to be silent. In an attempt to be healthier, my faithful hound and I have been walking. She’s a bit of a couch potato (see picture). I had no music or phone, so I walked in silence and it was surprisingly awesome!
I say silence but it was anything but. I could hear the leaves rustling, my shoes crunching down on dead leaves, and birds. There’s nothing wrong with background noise but when was the last time you were silence for a prolonged period of time? It’s as if we’ve become afraid of the silence and the thoughts we will find lurking there.
I found myself basking in His work because everything I saw was His creation. How can people not believe when I see His handiwork all around us? Why do people think science and faith are enemies? It was an amazing moment but the thing I found myself reflecting on the most were all the trees around me.
I don’t know why but I love trees and think they are just beautiful. I love the different colors of their leaves and the different shapes and their roots! Such gorgeous roots. I saw several uprooted trees, several of which had died, but a few who had managed to survive after they’d gotten their roots back in the ground and I began to make comparisons.
I went to Matthew 13:1-23 where Jesus gives the parable of the farmer scattering seeds. Some seeds fell on a footpath and were eaten by birds; others fell on shallow soil, sprouted but quickly died because they didn’t have deep roots. Other seeds fell in thorns and were killed off and others fell on good ground and produced a large crop. I want to the seed that fell on good ground and produced a large crop. I want my roots to take hold so that no storm can uproot me but if it does I pray that my roots go down even deeper.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8
Friend, I pray that your roots are deep in the Lord and that you take care to protect them and help them grow even deeper through prayer, studying His Word, fellowship and serving. Times are tough but we can find comfort in the fact that our God is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. He is our calm in the storm.
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