Deep Roots – Jeremiah 17:8
I remember an old business friend of mine proudly displaying home grown cotton in his office one year. Cotton does not grow well in the Midwest to begin with and then on top of that we had a drought that summer. Still, he had a harvest! As I congratulated his achievement he shared his gardening secret with me.
Don told me most people make the mistake of watering too much up front thereby encouraging shallow growth. He had a way of coaxing roots to go deep early. Later in the season when things were dry, his plants continued to thrive because they were drawing water from beneath them.
Have you ever had a season of spiritual drought? We all have them now and again but we don’t have to die on the vine because of it. We can have a harvest anyhow! “And it (meaning a tree that extends its roots by a stream) will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8)
The secret for harvest is this: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7) Trusting him means cooperating with the process he uses to draw our roots deep before the drought. We like the water to flow freely at all times but trials and difficulties have a way of pushing us deep into the soil and preparing us for those dry seasons.
Would you like God to proudly display you on his desk because of all your wonderful fruit, even in a year of drought? Develop deep roots.