Trunks, Roots, and Branches

55/365 days of blogging

Taken from 365 Meditations for Women by Women

“The waters made it grow;
Underground waters gave it height,
With their rivers running around the place where it was planted,
And sent out rivulets to all the trees of the field.

‘Therefore its height was exalted above all the trees of the field;
Its boughs were multiplied,
And its branches became long because of the abundance of water,
As it sent them out. (Ezekiel 31:4-5)

Trees are one of nature’s most magnificent gifts.  They symbolize strength and beauty, and are intriguing and mysterious with their unique shapes, unusual twists, and unexpected bends.  Their conditions, while their beauty presents itself to the world with bold, outstretched, welcoming arms.

picture yourself as a tree.  Like people, a tree can only stand and grow tall from a solid foundation.  Each one has a complex root structure, offering support and constant nourishment. We, too, have a root system, except that ours is made up of all the people we’ve known to this point.  Think of the people who form your roots (that is, parents, siblings, extended family, teachers, mentors, colleagues, bosses, church members, friends, and so on).

Your trunk or base is created from your life experience, with all its knots, worn places, new growth, and strong bark.  Each represents a part of your life journey.

Who makes up your branches and limbs?  It might be your children or those of friends and family, students, people you’ve mentored, colleagues, and others you care about and love.

Like the tree described in Ezekiel, we grow strong and tall through the nourishing waters of God’s abundant, loving grace in the form of people who touch your life.  Likewise, others are touched by our lives.

In John 15:5 Jesus says “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  What Jesus was trying to tell us is that as long as we have a relationship with him and put the effort into walking a daily walk by His side, it will be known to the world.  If we examine ourselves in the mirror each and every day and ask God how can I change for You, God, then and only then will be able to start to set our selfish ways aside and truly start living for Him.

God places people in our lives everyday to lead us to Him.  The problem is that we often choose to follow the ones that satan puts in our paths that leads us far away from God.  The path of following satan is much smoother than the one that leads to God.  All of those branches in our lives, remember God may be placing you in someone else’s life to lead them to Him.  Which way will you lead them?

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