Friday, November 2, 2012

Roots that go deep

Please note: This is not our land, but I did take the photo this fall...

When we moved to our house 7 years ago, the landscape looked very different than it does today.  The main thing missing is a huge old evergreen tree that stood in the front yard...all of the front yard.  My man and I wanted that tree gone from the day we moved in, and the next year, we did it.  We took it out.  It was not healthy, so it was a good thing to remove it.

But what I didn't comprehend was the root system.  I had no idea how shallow those roots ran.  Chris put a chain around that big old tree and hooked it to his truck and "pop" out came this huge tree.  And I thought, "Wow! That huge tree can thrive all these years on that shallow root system....amazing!"

Today I thought about that.  I want to be like that tree and then again, I don'tI want to grow big and tall in the things of God, but I want my roots to go deep, not be all shallow.  I want to know that the least little tug or pull isn't going to uproot me or my family.  We see this happening.  This is the longest we have lived in any one place since we married almost 18 years ago.  Nomads we were...moving 9 times in 8 years I think...I'll have to check that fact with Anna...they were her first 8 years.

But at the same time, I find myself wanting to be movable like that tree - ready to move, when we hear the Voice of the Lord leading us here or there.  I don't want to be so stuck - so rooted that I miss what He has for us, even if that means moving, again.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber. 
Psalm 121:3


Lori 

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9 comments:

Traci Michele said...

wonderful thoughts! visiting from five minute friday. http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

Traci Michele said...

wonderful thoughts! visiting from five minute friday. http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

Teri Lynne Underwood said...

Love this ... we do need to be easily moved by the Father but steady and firm in life's storms. Such a tension there ...

Lizzy Grae said...

Beautiful! So well said :o)

Denise said...

Such lovely thoughts.

Jelli said...

I like how you took two analogies out of this- having deep roots in Christ AND being flexible to go with God's plans. What a great reminder for us all today, Lori. Visiting you from Fellowship Fri. Have a lovely weekend.

Ima said...

What a beautiful thought. Thank you for sharing and for the glimpse into your heart and life

Charissa Steyn said...

beautiful wisdom...i sometimes struggle cause when I get "rooted" i'm hard to move ;)

Nikki @ Simplystriving said...

Such a thought-provoking post, Lori! Thank you for sharing from your heart.
i'm going to ponder this awhile...

Love and hugs to you!