“He is like a tree planted by the streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3, ESV
I was already frazzled as I pulled out the driveway, when I heard from the back seat, “Mom, our house looks dumb.” As I glanced out of the passenger window, I realized my seven-year-old was right.
These last few weeks have gone nothing like I had hoped or even thought they would. Many days of rain and storms had ripped off one shutter and left another holding on for dear life. The intense downpours created weeds that could easily tower over my head; even the grass was knee height.
How could it have gotten out of control so quickly?
It was as if the storms gave them supernatural growth powers. There was something in the downpours that helped them find their roots and thrive in ways I never saw coming.
I put the car in drive and began down our street. The whisper from God was clear, “See what I can do, right now, even when it seems dark.” You see, there was another storm cloud that lingered over our house. It wasn’t your typical storm, but it certainly left me feeling a lot like my house looked. All this time I focused on the storm rather than the outcome. I looked at the clouds and failed to see the Son.
Obedience to God doesn’t always look like we believe it should.
Sometimes the most beautiful seasons of obedience and growth look like broken shutters and overgrown weeds. But, despite the chaos, God is allowing our roots to grow deep and be the anchor we need.
It is our connection to Christ is what allows us to grow in ways we never knew we could. When we are connected to the Father, storms may tussle the outside, but inside our roots sink deep.
Our roots allow us to find hope in the storms of life, they will enable us to hold firm when the winds blow and things begin to fall apart.
Roots will take hold, and allow us to thrive even in dark places.
Just like the weeds that took over my yard and the shutters that were broken, we find that it looks different when the sun rises.