I have been missing my Kentucky home very much today. I’ve been thinking a lot about how beautiful October is back in the bluegrass state and how the leaves change into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Being in Texas, I just don’t get the Octobers that I’m used to and it makes me sad. I look at the trees here in Texas and see how strong and tall they are waving in the wind and how the leaves are still vibrant shades of green.
There is something majestic about trees that just captivates me. The way they stand so strong for decades, as everything around them changes through the decades. The way that their roots take hold of the ground and nutrients underneath them to survive and grow. The way that the leaves change color and fall to the ground every fall season, but yet the tree remains to stand the same way.
Trees can teach us a lot about our own spiritual lives if we will let them.
Psalm 1:3 says, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
We learn from this scripture that we are to be deeply rooted in Christ. This scripture teaches us that we get our spiritual nutrients from Christ and His word. When we allow ourselves to be deeply rooted in Christ, our lives will show good fruits to those around us and those fruits will point back to our Savior. If our spiritual roots are deeply planted within Christ, our lives will prosper the way Christ wants them too.
The tree represents us and the water represents Christ and His word. It is through our roots being deeply planted in Christ that we get filled up with Christ and His word. It is through Christ and His word that we grow spiritually everyday.
Just like trees stand strong during the changing decades, we too, must stand strong and tall for Christ when society around us continues to change. We have to be willing to stand firm in our beliefs and not change with the times. The only way we can stand firm in our beliefs is if we are being fed daily from the word of God. Just like a tree gets its nutrients from the roots, we have to get nutrients from our spiritual roots. Our spiritual roots connect us to Christ and everything that is of Him. When we are deeply connected to Him, we get fed all that we need for our spiritual lives and once we are fed, we can share the beauty of Christ with others.
I think tree roots are beautiful to look at and see because they represent survival. The roots spread out, deep into the ground because they know that is where they will get their nutrients to keep the tree healthy and alive from. In the same way as tree roots, we have to dig deep in our relationships with Christ. We have to recognize that our strength and everything good about us comes from His power source and not our own. In order to survive spiritually, we have to be plugged into the one true power source which is Christ Himself.
If we dig deep into our relationship with Christ, we will continue to grow stronger and taller for Christ. Our spiritual roots will continue to supply us with more wisdom, love, and kindness to share Christ with others.
When the seasons change, the leaves on a tree change colors and eventually, those beautiful leaves will blanket the ground we walk on. The only thing that remains the same during every season is the tree itself and that is because each tree has firm, healthy roots to keep it strong. Just like trees, our lives will continue to change. Life is never going to stay the same for us because people change, places change, and things happen. Our circumstances may be good or they may be bad, but we can always rest in the knowledge that Christ is there for us through it all. Life may change and it may change quickly, but we do not have to change with it. We can take comfort in knowing that because we serve a constant God, we can be a constant, firm believer for the world to see.
Jeremiah 17:8 says, “For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
This scripture teaches us that tough times will come, but we have the power through Christ to stand strong through the storms. It teaches us that we do not have to change or plant our roots elsewhere to get through this thing called life because through Christ, we have everything we will ever need. When we stay planted in Christ and believe in His unyielding power, our lives will never wither away like a dying trees leaves do, but instead, our lives will continue to bloom.
Wherever you may be planted at bloom for Christ today. Christ will always be there to tend to our spiritual roots and help us stand a little taller for Him. Be like a tree, who is strong, resilient, and beautiful. Remember to dig a little deeper everyday spiritually and you will see your efforts bloom throughout each season of your life.