"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

9.06.2010

Abiding Monday



There is an old Rosebush that grows on an old fence that surrounds our garden. It produces the prettiest red wild roses.   It needs pruning to keep from overtaking the fence.  We have not done so this year and it got pretty big.   My son mows our yard and it kept getting in the way of his mowing, and the little branches seemed to grab him as he went by.   Seth does a great job mowing, but neither he nor we for that matter know much about pruning.  He asked if he could cut it back some, we said of course.  It did not look too bad, but several days later I stood looking at a brown mess.  My heart sank and thought for sure we lost the bush.  No so!  I looked at it yesterday and saw that it was again green, and it had several blooms on the branches. 

As I stood looking at it I was reminded that it recovered quickly because its root system was strong and deep.  Even with the lack of rain we have had it still flourished.  Not only did it recover, it blossomed.  I thought about my own root system.   How deep do my roots grow??  What or who are they planted in?? 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord for he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit.”   (Jeremiah 17: 7-8)

God says that if my roots are planted deep in him, that even when the trials and storms come I will stand.  Though I may not like the trials and storms I do not have to fear them, and I do not have to be anxious in a year of drought.

It comes back to my trust level again. 

How much do I really trust the God who loves me and desires to offer his best to me even when his best looks mighty strange to me?

Blessings and hugs!

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh Mar, you are so right....we must make sure that everything we do makes our roots go deeper...I want for my roots to be so grounded in Christ that the fruit I bear will bring Him glory and honor...

Big hugs my sweet friend.....

S. Etole said...

Amazing what a good pruning will produce ...

Finally Free said...

Thanks for sharing. Having a bad day and needed to be reminded that my roots are deep. The storm will pass.

Blessings,
Tammy

Jo Reimer said...

TRUST. There's that lovely word again. I had a bad day yesterday mostly because I forgot to put my trust in him. It's a day by day, most by moment decision, a choice that I must make over and over. Each new day just trust. My roots run deep but sometimes I look pretty dry on the surface, just like your pruned roses. All it takes is a drink from the river of running water.

Bren said...

What a great life lesson, so glad you shared it.

PaperPumpkin said...

I think I got pruned in May & June. I worked with my roots for 6 weeks plus,this summer. Now I am hopeful that my new school year will be blessed and I will continue to heal, feel stronger & be healthier so I can do my best. Thank you, Mary.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Such a living story!
We always tell our customers to do deep soaking and then wait until the roots get thirsty again
before watering more. They need to struggle in
order to go deep. Good advice for roses but when
it happens to me I get cranky:/ Or worse.
Trust must be the finest art there is.
Or maybe love. I wonder if you can really love
without trust.
Anyway, loved the story, Mary.
Thanks for sharing,
Jen

Hindsfeet said...

"How much do I really trust the God who loves me and desires to offer his best to me even when his best looks mighty strange to me?"

oh Mary...how I relate to this question......Trust, yeah, that's the challenge to me right now.....

thanks for this tonight, friend...
Liz

CountryDreaming said...

This trust thing can so easily show us just how human we are ... and just how much we need God. Thanks for a beautiful post. :-)

Just Be Real said...

Pruning hurts. Great post Mary. Thank you for sharing dear. Blessing.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

A very encouraging post Mar. I have always loved that verse about the tree and the roots. I love trees so much anyway and have always wanted to paint them. I'm sure they could tell a lot of stories about those who have sat under them or in them etc.. When I look at trees, I just want to praise God for creating them.

God's best right now looks mighty strange to me, but I know eventually I will see why God chose this path for me to take.

Keep on inspiring us all Mary! You are such a wonderful beam shining from His light in you.

Denise said...

Such truth my friend.