In the world but not of it

December 22, 2009

Deep roots…

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The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers
of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1

All throughout history we can look back and know that
ultimately God had control of the rulers of this world.

Throughout Scripture and specifically in the Old Testament,
God often used heathen nations and their respective kings to carry out His
purposes. For a great example go read Isaiah 10:5-8 where it talks about a
particular King that was used by God.

Just like these kings that are in God’s ultimate control, there
are those that the Lord has placed in positions of authority that impact our
lives as well at times in ways that cause us more anxiety and stress then we
would like.

When we are overlooked, cast aside, verbally mistreated, and
neglected we get anxious. Others get discouraged, distressed and ultimately
depressed. We don’t often realize just how influential a person in leadership
can be in the lives of others for good or for bad.

In Sicily along the pier in Messina there is a park that has
some of the most interesting trees you’ll ever see. These trees are fat and
wide and have significant girth. But the most amazing part of them is the roots.

The bases of the trees have enormous roots that not only go
deep into the earth but they also have gone wide and spread horizontally across
the landscape of the park. In fact, some of the roots are so large they have
actually pushed up the stone walkways in the park making for some very large bumps.

As the climate in Sicily is hot and dry with little rain,
these trees have responded to the climate by pushing their roots deeper and in
all directions to find water.

Some refer to this as “suffering the tree”. The limited
supply of water causes the suffering tree to dig deep and find the nourishment
it needs thus strengthening its roots in the process. Too much water would
result in thin roots that would easily break under pressure. These trees in
Sicily clearly don’t have this issue.

Perhaps you find yourself in a position today where there
are those around you that are withholding what you believe are blessings you
deserve. You might be feeling dry and frustrated.

Before we lose hope and allow ourselves to become completely
frustrated we should consider that the Lord allows these droughts in our lives
that we may dig deeper and find our nourishment and encouragement in Him.

When Jesus was speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well
He told her, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But
those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a
fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14


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