Roots from an old tree

Day 250 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go

Are we forgetting our roots?

So often our children remind us of who we are meant to be and how we should act. They do this without thinking and as instinct sometimes. Shall we take a leaf off their tree and be courageous and act?

Do we sit around discussing too many things? Frightened of what might happen if we actually take that step and act. “Be courageous and do not be afraid” was the message this morning. I felt its power, a project I was going to sideline, I suddenly thought “Am I just forgetting about this because I am afraid of failure, am I being courageous?” Should I try and plan for the day ahead, had I time to pray? It should be the other way round.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

A tree is not tall because it has busied itself about pushing all the leaves out and making all its twigs extend.

Tall tree
Tall tree

It is big because firstly it has buried its roots deep down so that if there is any problems and the wind tries to blow it over it will not uproot it, it will stand and do its job.

rootless tree
rootless tree

It’s roots are the most important thing on a tree. So when I thought this morning, “what shall I do, busy myself or pray”. I busied myself about praying and things then fell into place.

Revelation 22:16

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

Jesus is our root, and he is the root of all light which can banish any darkness from our lives. Today I give thanks that my daughter has started secondary school and I know Jesus will go with her and show her the way when she goes wrong, because I have asked Him too – and our assurance is Jesus Christ, and he does not disappoint.

daughter taking the next step
daughter taking the next step

Dear Lord, thank you that our children constantly surprise us with their confidence in you and in their fearless belief in your love. Protect them all, those close at hand, those we teach and guide, those we hear about in the news and those that we have never see and shall never know about. 

Amen

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