Grow Where You Are Planted

“He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:3

Have you ever noticed after a big storm a giant tree fallen due to the wind or the rain? Most of the time what you discover is that though the tree might have grown extremely tall, if it doesn’t have a deep root system, it is susceptible to falling. What’s true about a tree is true about me and you. What we appear like on the outside in no way is indicative of our root system and if we have what it takes to weather the storms of life we each must endure throughout the course of time.

The best place for any tree to be planted is near a constant water source. Jesus is our water source and when we build our lives on Him, we can weather any and every storm that comes our way. Jesus said it best, "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).

There is good news today, loved one, even in the midst of another spike of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grow where you are planted. Don’t live in fear, but instead choose to live by faith. Saint Francis de Sales when he was the Bishop of Geneva is recorded as saying the following: “Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence.”

Life as we would like it to be isn’t going according to our plans so far in 2020 but that doesn’t mean God is not at work for His glory and our good. He is! Like the old saying, “We cant stop the storms of life from coming our way but we can choose whether or not to dance in the rain.” Having deep roots of trust in who God is and what He has promised those who hope in Him give us the strength to dance in the rain. Keep that in mind this 4th of July. Regardless of what many say, July 4th is still a day to celebrate our independence, we just need to do it differently this year. Make the most of the 4th of July weekend by taking full advantage of the opportunity to focus on allowing our roots to grow deeper as we look back and appreciate the greatness and faithfulness of our God.

“rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

Colossians 2:7  


Michael Osthimer





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