Ever notice how many times people are compared to trees in the bible? I love trees. There is this one large sycamore tree I drive by every day on my way to work. It’s the only tree that’s beautiful when bare of leafs. Its bark is white and beckons to be noticed all winter. Whenever I have to stop at this intersection I just stare up at it. It’s no wonder the bible compares us to trees.
So what is it about trees that make them so special? Although they are beautiful and majestic in appearance I believe what makes them exceptionally special are their roots. Beneath the surface roots have this amazing job that is seemingly invisible to us but provide trees with its source of life.
So if we are like trees planted by the rivers who is our source of life? In my life, I will always point to Jesus. He sustains me. He grounds me. He holds me up when I want to drop to the ground during a storm. The bible states in Colossians 7 that we are to plant our roots in Christ and let him be the foundation of our life.
Also, did you know that California’s beautiful redwoods have shallow root systems that extend over a hundred feet intertwining with roots of other redwoods that gives them their ability to remain strong during storms? In my life, you are my redwoods. My family, my friends, my brothers and sister in the Lord, you are all my redwoods. I can only imagine this is why the bible said it is not good for man to be alone. I am a tree planted in a forest of redwoods I get to call friends.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the stream and it will NOT fear when heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will NOT be anxious in a year of drought.” Jeremiah 17:8