Deep Roots

A couple of years ago while in Kenya, I decided to take a walk around the place we were staying. There were several beautiful plants and it was a relaxing environment to reflect on our latest trip. While walking, I noticed that there were multiple places in the landscape where among the beautiful plants the ground was cracked and dusty.  It looked like photos I had seen of drought.

Nearby I saw the caretaker of the grounds and asked him what was happening. He explained that as the summer months came, there would be a heat drought and the whole yard would soon look just like those patches of dirt. Confused, I asked him, “So the grass dies, and then you have to replant every year?”

He smiled and said, “No, the grass doesn’t die. Even though it looks dead, it has deep roots. Because of the deep roots, when the rain season comes, the grass will return. It will come back so strong that it can grow to be waist high if we don’t cut it. The roots keep the grass strong and that allows it to withstand the drought season.”

As I reflected on this I was reminded of the verses in Colossians 2:6-8 and Jeremiah 17:8.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (Colossians 2:6-8)

He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:8)

When the droughts of life come, we can be like the grass with deep roots. We don’t have to die inside. We can keep the roots watered by continually meditating on His Word day and night- that means reading scriptures, thinking about them, and ask God what they mean. We can write down how He has revealed His love to us through healing, provision, protection, and restoration. We can reach out to others who know Christ and share our concerns with them so they can encourage us with the Word and pray for us. We can attend a church and Bible study or Life Group to grow and learn. In the seasons of drought, we can remind ourselves that it’s a season, a temporary situation to endure, and not a permanent circumstance. It just takes a mustard seed (smallest seed) of faith and belief in each moment of our lives to help us through the dry times. By trusting God a little bit at a time, we can look back on our lives one day and see the mustard tree (a large tree) that emerges from the mustard seed growing deep in the ground. Faith is not a feeling – it’s a decision to hold on no matter how difficult it is to move forward, and to keep your heart on Christ and eyes focused on the truth.

And He said: “How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it?  It’s like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground. And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the vegetables, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)

When we walk in faith through all seasons, we can endure like the grass that grows that holds strong in the drought and grows waist high in the rain.