How the mighty have fallen in battle! I Samuel 1:25
A few weeks ago, a violent storm tore through the town where I used to work, with 70 mph winds. I happened to be driving through the day after the storm. The place looked like a war zone, with branches and limbs scattered everywhere. Massive trees had fallen down, taking down electric wires and blocking several roads.
It amazed me how such tall vigorous trees could be brought down so quickly. A lot of them were old elms over a hundred years old, felled in a minute. Some were tall pines, forty feet high, soaring into the sky, like this one.
But the main root system was only four feet in diameter and when the wind came through, the roots didn’t hold.
It reminded me of the parable of the sower and the seed that fell on rocky ground. The pine tree looked impressive, but a sudden storm revealed how weak it was.
Since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. Matthew 13:21
A few days later, I came across this tree. The roots are much thicker, even though it has grown on a hillside, a strong wind could come and it would remain standing.
Stormy times and violent winds are bound to sweep through our lives. What will enable us to keep standing is a long, strong root system that we have developed under the surface, extending down and out into the spiritual ground.