Exposed Roots – Part 1


Where I live there has not been any substantial rainfall since the end of June.  In the beginning of August I was running by my neighborhood pond and noted how low the water was.  It was the first time I actually took notice that the pond’s big, old trees roots were exposed above the ground.  It was awesome to see how the roots shoot directly down to the water for their hydration.  They appeared desperate and stressed in this dry season.  One month later and still no substantial rain, and the smaller trees have also begun to bear their roots and stretch down toward the remaining water.

I began to wonder why the roots were exposed in the first place, so I consulted  The problem isn’t that the roots are emerging from the ground below. In fact, large tree roots, like large trees, are not particularly mobile. What’s actually happening is that, over time, the soil that covers the roots gets washed or blown away.  I was reminded of a verse about us being like trees:

Jeremiah 17:8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

There are some interesting facts about attempting to cover expose roots.

What NOT To Do
There are a couple of things you want to avoid when covering exposed tree roots. One is to dump in a bunch of topsoil and plant flowers or other types of plants around the base of the tree. Yes, it looks pretty–for a while. But you may find it far less appealing a few years down the road, when the tree starts to die.  Since the Lord uses the analogy of us being like trees many times in His Word, we need to take note of this.  God speaks to us through nature in many ways.  There are many spiritual lessons gleaned from observing how He designed different aspects of creation.  Those exposed roots signify transparency in a person’s life.  How can we be an example and a blessing to others if we don’t expose our roots by sharing our testimony’s of what we have conquered and come out of.  We need to bring our testimony to the surface in order to encourage those who are still walking in that same/similar trial/sin you have overcome!  Some people get saved, healed and delivered from bondage and then bury their past like it was an old person never to be spoken of again.  Yes, it was your old nature and you have hopefully taken advantage of all of the healing and deliverance that the Kingdom of Heaven has made available to you; But if you aren’t willing to use your trial as your testimony, you still need some healing.

Revelation 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

There are three parts to that verse.  The word of their (your) testimony is the second part of that verse.  The only two reasons you are not sharing is fear or shame (or maybe both).  I would encourage you to get with the Lord and overcome the fear of man, self-condemnation or fear of death.  Your testimony of victory (exposed roots and all) will not only solidify your overcoming that sin but will definitely bless others in the process.

We are to bring things out of the darkness:  1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Just like those exposed roots on the tree, if we cover it up and make it look all pretty with flowers (like nothing ever happened) then we may cause those beautiful roots of testimony to wither up and die.  Even worse, we could backslide.  Look at what happens to the tree:

You don’t want to try and re-seed the area after covering the roots with topsoil, because the same conditions that caused the soil to erode in the first place make it likely that the seed and new soil will likewise wash away before getting established. 

The bottom line is that it’s okay that the roots are exposed.  They are a sign to the unsaved world of His power and love.

Isaiah 55:13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

Be blessed


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