Established. Deeply Rooted. Upheld.
I have always been fascinated with the Joshua Tree, not only because of its biblical name and symbolism but also because of its root system. This tree has a top-heavy branch system, but also has what has been described as a “deep and extensive” root system, with roots possibly reaching up to 36 ft away.
That is massive.
It is also an awesome visual of how Christ loves us. Deep and Extensive. He establishes us through every trial we face. He holds us up through those trials and roots us deeply in His strength.
He is my foundation, my “dirt and clay”. It is up to me how deep I want my roots to grow. It is up to me how far I want them to reach. It is up to me how tight I want to hold onto His promises.
Because He is holding onto me for dear life.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” –Ephesians 3:16-18
He has already provided all of the fertile soil I need.
He has already provided all of the strength I need.
He has already provided all of the courage I need.
He has already provided all of the resources I need to face whatever earthquakes this life has to throw at me.
All I have to do is root myself in His faithfulness, bloom where I have been planted and know that HE IS NOT SHAKEN..