Root Bound – Growing Faith

 

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!” Luke 17:6

 

My home lives in the shadow of a huge mulberry tree. Massive gnarled arms extend out over the street and its limbs are forever in need of pruning. I fell in love with the tree the moment I saw it and immediately longed to sit underneath its abundant canopy.  The house looked safe behind the wide-shouldered tree, its rugged, picturesque presence a comforting sight. High winds, hail, and ice storms haven’t had an effect; its sinewy-fingered roots clutch the soil. I feel certain it will stand longer than my home.

When I toil in my garden, I remember the faith I seek to embody could be immeasurable if I only planted myself solidly in Jesus.  Instead I’m more like a tree left in a container I’m root-bound due to my lack of belief. I can only reach my full potential when I forget the temporary circumstances that surround me and move towards the unlimited resources He offers. By feeding myself a daily dose of His Word and by drinking in His presence in prayer, my faith grows.


 

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