Saturated But Not Strong
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You know, I've been told so many times in my life, "Go take a hike," so I finally did. Well, this particular summer I was at a lovely Christian conference center in California called Forest Home. One day when I wasn't speaking, they had a nature hike. They had a fellow called Father Nature who took us out (you didn't know there was a Father Nature I'll bet) and he showed us the four different kinds of nature zones they had on their property.
There was the river bed; the desert section, and so on. It's rather amazing from a scientific standpoint. And he showed us two kinds of trees: First, there were these beautiful White Alder trees. They grow lushly by the river bed and they wave their leaves. And he said they can evaporate up to 400 gallons of water a day!
Now, the roots of the White Alder are very shallow. They get plenty of water and therefore they have shallow roots. But when the floods come, oop, we've got a problem. He showed us the desert zone trees, and the ones in the desert survive on 40 gallons of water a year sometimes. How come? They use everything they get, and their roots are deep. Guess which one is still standing after a violent storm? Yeah, the one with the roots.
didn't know a month ago? Have you given Him some new ground that He didn't have a month ago? Are you praying in fresh, new ways? Are you going by the book and not by your feelings? Is your relationship with God mostly vertical...not horizontal, just when you're with His people?
Well, you could be saturated but not strong. You have to build your roots. Then when the storm or the drought comes, you'll stand tall through it all.
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.