Midweek Response

When Jaydene and I lived in Phoenix for 11 years we repeatedly attempted to grow plants and flowers in a xeriscape. As it turned out we were terrible at this. Each year our flowers would start strong as they received ample amounts of water and sunshine, however as the extreme heat of a phoenix summer approached its peak our plants and flowers would start to die. No matter how much we watered them they wouldn’t make it, in fact sometimes it seemed as though the more water they received the worse off they fared.

What was happening is that during the cooler parts of the year we were watering them too much and too often and because of that their roots would not grow deep. When less frequent watering’s take place the roots had to grow deep to get access to water. When deep roots are present, the plant has the ability to absorb enough water to make it through the extreme heat of summer. When the roots are shallow, the required water to keep a plant alive during a phoenix summer results in drowning the plant.

Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

Sometimes when we are facing adversity and challenges or as Jesus put it “trouble” we need to see the bigger picture of what God is trying to produce in us. In the same way it is not possible for deep roots to exist without periods of dryness, God often uses these challenges to get us to be more deeply rooted in him. Unlike us he knows exactly what we need and how we need to be equipped for the challenges and opportunities in front of us. In those periods we simply need to trust him and grow deep roots


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