May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021    Shirlene Peterson

Recently we had to take down a big tree because the roots were growing so far from the tree and almost into the foundation of our house. We planted the tree about 37 yrs ago ourselves. Roger used a mini excavator to dig up the root ball and some of the other roots because they were so large & strong before we could plant a new tree. I read that as trees grow tall their roots have to be in deeper and wider because of the threat of wind tearing the tree down in a storm. They also spread roots to collect water for nourishment.
Jer. 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not [a]fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

2020 felt a little like a drought, emotionally. I have found that I need to be sure to have my roots deep in the Bible and in my relationship with Jesus. It makes me stronger, happier, and able to withstand the storms that hit. We all have them, storms that come as a part of life. And then there are the actual attacks from the enemy. So take root today. Spend time in the word, spend time in prayer. Don’t wait to go running to Him WHEN the storm hits, take root now. Jesus is just waiting for you.