A few weeks ago, I was driving home after taking our children to Yesterland Farm and along the highway I saw several fully grown trees that were dead. Surprisingly the trunks were still standing and these trees stood amongst live trees. However, obvious was the fact that these trees were no longer alive because they were pale and some had fallen branches. This sight spurned thoughts of: “How did these trees die? What are some ways that a tree can die?”

Trees can live hundreds of years, and endure through bad weather and droughts and other environmental factors. My resolve became that it must take something significant for a mature tree to meet its demise. Then I thought of how it gets its nourishment, via the roots. If somehow the roots are damaged, the tree can lose its source of nourishment.

Of course my thoughts turned toward believers in Christ because the Bible compares mankind to that of a tree on several occasions. I thought of the fact that if we are not rooted and grounded in Christ, we can become like those trees which were completely dead and unable to bear anything. Though we may stand among other live trees, we could be damaged at the roots, lacking nourishment and in a sense dead and unable to offer any spiritual fruit. But our God wants us to bear good fruit. It is in the fruit that He causes us to bear, that those who partake of sometimes experiences Him. So if we find ourselves like these trees, what can we do?

Ultimately we want to make sure we remain rooted in our Lord. However if this is not your current state, our Lord is so wonderful that He allows us the opportunity to turn back and dig our roots deep within Him once more. Let’s determine to be rooted and grounded within Him.

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)