This past weekend I came upon a construction area at a local school in which they were pulling out all the trees. I believe they are creating a new, or new and improved, parking lot. Seeing these huge trees pulled up with parts of their root systems still attached brought my mind to revisiting what I set out to do with this ROOTED blog over the past few years.
I’ve been told that the root system on a tree extends as far underground as the branches reach above ground. This is truly amazing. We are probably standing above roots most of where we walk in life. But there is a great lesson here for us as people, particularly people of faith.
There are many Christians who want to have a great look above ground, the parts that people see. The want to look good and have a virtual persona that seems like all is well with them; well in their lives, relationships, jobs, and even in their faith life. Such an outward appearance is a fading facade however if there is not the root system to sustain it. We are fed by the roots underground, the places where no one sees; if the root system is not bringing the nutrients for sustaining what is above ground, then it won’t be long before signs of decay are visible. Jesus talks about this in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9).
ROOTED was designed to offer ideas and reflections that help encourage healthy rootedness in Jesus Christ and the Christian Faith. It was good for me to take a few weeks off this summer, but after seeing the tree roots at the construction sight I am convinced more than ever that the unseen places of our heart, soul, and spirit are the strength and determining factor of what our outward lives will show as we live in this world. To that end let us continue to be rooted.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:6-7