Root-bound plants can seem healthy at first glance.
Their leaves are green, and we can polish them to a gleaming gloss.
Here’s the thing. They begin to choke, they won’t grow, and their leaves will eventually yellow and fall off.
Plant a shade-loving shrub in full sun, and it may do well for a while. Soon, however, the soil will dry, and the plant will be starved for moisture. It will weaken, its growth will slow, and it will never reach its potential.
We need fertile soil and a good water source for the best growth. No matter how much attention we give the visible part of the plant, if the roots suffer, the entire plant will soon die.
Jeremiah 17:8 tells us:
“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
What’s our water source, our stream that never dries up?
What keeps our roots nourished even when the drought of financial hardship and emotional devastation batter us?
Jesus is our river of life, the source of our sustenance, and the cooling respite in the heat of summer.
When we plant our roots in Jesus, we can weather every storm.
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