Trees and Humans


Normally when I look at trees, it is not my first instinct to look at their roots. This morning was different–I saw the trees’ roots and could not keep my mind from wandering. I thought about how those strong roots are what keeps the trees from blowing away in the wind, and the soil they grow in is what keeps them alive.

Let me get a little bit crazy and say that we as humans represent the trees, our faith represents the roots, and God represents the soil. For trees, it is imperative to dig deep and root themselves into the soil because without these strong ties, they could blow away or the ground be taken out from under them. The scary thing is, humans are in the same situation.

Is it really that scary though? More like scary cool. We can be kept secure in the worst of storms simply by knowing that God has the power. That is faith. It is knowing that no matter how hard the wind is blowing and how many of our branches snap, that He is stronger. Let me say that again: He is stronger.

Be encouraged, friends: we aren’t alone. If humans represent the trees, then community must be represented by forests. One tree is pretty, but a whole forest is truly remarkable. Let us become more like a forest and encourage each other to grow deeper and deeper in our faith–rooting ourselves further into God’s love.

with love,


Colossians 6:2-7– Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

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