by Paulette Stamper
This morning on my prayer walk, I looked down at all the leaves I still need to rake, and I noticed some of the exposed roots of a tree that Jake and I planted when we moved to this house about 14 years ago. When we brought it home, it was small enough to fit in my Jeep. Now it’s a giant weeping willow tree with a massive root system. I heard the Spirit whisper to me – your roots are like this tree. You were in the process of deep spiritual growth when you moved here, and you made the deliberate choice to continue to grow – now your spiritual roots are like the roots of this tree – strong, powerful, and steady. Roots like this take time and effort. Keep cultivating and tending to your roots, and your faith will be far-reaching and long-lasting, just like this tree.
A seed doesn’t grow into a fully mature tree with a vast root system overnight. Growth takes time. A lot of time. We live in a culture that has programmed us to want and expect immediate results. Don’t fall into that trap when it comes to your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Take time each day to cultivate your love for him. Take time each day to read his word. The best relationships in our lives are the ones we have taken the time and effort into cultivating. Do you want to be a strong, tall tree with a massive root system that can withstand any storm? Then commit to the growth process, every. single. day.
Blessed is the one who finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night. He is like a tree planted by flowing streams; it yields its fruit at the proper time, and its leaves never fall off. Psalm 1:2-3