Saturday, August 13, 2011

Are You Taking Care of Your Roots?

Our front yard is ... dead ... or more accurately, it's non-existent.  

It simply brown weeds, brown spots of a little grass, and bare dirt.

That's right. We are in a drought here in North Texas. Hadn't had rain in weeks or maybe months. I'm not sure. I lost track.

However! My neighbors on either side of me have beautiful green lawns. Same town. Same drought. Very different results.

So I got to thinking ... Why? Why the difference?

There's one big difference and that is both of those lawns have sprinkler systems. Buried beneath the surface of the lawn sprinkler systems. Deep rooted sprinkler systems. Sprinkler systems that most likely have timers so they are watered consistently.

Sprinkler systems that can bring steady streams of water to the soil and keep it healthy even in times of drought.

Our yard does not have that. Our yard has a hose and a portable whirlybird above ground sprinkler that sporadically sprays water in a hit and miss fashion depending on where we place it when we remember we need to do that.

Neither of us had ever been accused of being an environmentalist but we apparently did our part this year to conserve water during our drought. No. Not intentionally. But once we realized the yard was a lost cause for this year with these record high temps and no rain, we let it go. (We are determined to have a good yard next year. Any volunteers to help us lay the new sod???)

Recognizing the difference in our yards ... got me thinking ... more.

Isn't the Christian life somewhat like that? 

When we water our faith just occasionally, in a hit or miss fashion, we aren't very strong when we enter periods of high heat/pressure and drought. We seem to die off if life is tough.

When we water our faith consistently, with steady streams of Bible study, fellowship, and prayer, our roots are strong and steady and we are able to withstand the high temps and the drought. The deep rooted system continues to supply the 'stuff' we need to continue to grow and even thrive in tough times.

Little Lesson Life Expression
How deep is your faith's root system? Are you planted in soil (a good local church) that continues to nurture you and provide you water even in the toughest conditions? Or are you merely getting water here and there and letting your soil dry out and die? If you aren't firmly planted, why not visit a Bible teaching church near you tomorrow? Why not starting watering your roots right now?

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (The Message)
But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
   the woman who sticks with God.
They're like trees replanted in Eden,
   putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
   never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
   bearing fresh fruit every season.

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