I am perpetually late. No matter how hard I try, it seems as though I’m always in a hurry. My lateness and rushing ways have trickled down to my daughter. Not meaning that she herself is late, but I have (embarrassingly enough) caused her to be tardy a time or two (or ten).
With the start of the new year, one of my goals is to have her to school on time. We’ve done a pretty good job so far. We’ve even arrived early before the doors open on a few occasions. The other morning however, we got our first dreaded late slip of the semester — but this time it wasn’t my fault, I promise! We left on time, but as we got to the end of our street, we quickly realized traffic was at a standstill.
Luckily a school bus was ahead of us that knew what was going on. The night before (after a long season of little to no rain) it had stormed. A large tree had fallen in the middle of the road blocking traffic both ways. The bus driver said we’d be backed up a while, but she knew another route we could take. As the bus started off in the other direction, a fleet of cars followed. We took long, winding, unfamiliar roads for what seemed like forever until suddenly we were in familiar territory. We made it to school only about 10 minutes late.
For some reason it seems like trees have been a theme in my life lately. One of my school assignments was to answer the riddle, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it still make a sound?” The other was the phrase, “you can’t see the forest for the trees.”
Then believe it or not the same week I found myself in a classroom listing to a speaker who brought up trees again. Similar to the tree that had fallen and blocked the roadway, four trees had fallen in her neighborhood during the storm.
She laughed as she recalled telling her husband to call an arboriculturist to come examine their trees. He scoffed but (as most good husbands do) listened to his wife and called in an expert. The tree specialist explained that the key to knowing if a tree is going to fall is to look at the roots. A weak root system makes the tree more susceptible to falling during a storm.
This speaker was a consultant for businesses in crisis situations and related the root examination to looking at leadership within an organization. You’ve got to find the root cause to define a problem. Without examining the core, you may be solving a symptom but not the problem. As she was speaking however I couldn’t help but feel the tug from God…
A strong foundation withstands the storm.
Storms are going to come, no question, but it’s the strength of our foundation that allows us to withstand the winds and rain. There’s no stronger foundation than salvation, and there’s no better fertilizer than the word of God. Jesus is our living water.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14
It’s time for a root check. Is the soil of your life being cultivated with God’s Word and life-giving relationships? Is the living water quenching your spiritual foundation or are you in a season of distance and drought? There’s no better time than now to revitalize your relationship with the Lord. Because when the next storm comes, there’s no greater witness than someone standing strong in faith as winds rage.
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:2
Heather Shipley is a Christian, wife and mother – striving daily to keep priorities exactly in that order. A marketing professional by day with a passion for blogging, sharing hope in God’s word, and encouraging other women to find freedom to live the abundant life God intended. As it commands in 1 Peter 4:10, each of us has a gift that should be used to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. For Heather, founding Craving God Ministries was just that – a way to use her creative abilities to provide an outlet for other women to share and hear God’s word. A firm believer that God wants us to express our triumphs and hardships to connect with others and glorify His name. Life’s messy. Share your struggles, because you can either encourage someone who’s going through a similar situation, or you might just find someone who’s been there, done that, and can provide Godly wisdom to help you overcome!
Today marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Craving God Ministries. Thank you so much to all of those who have prayed over and supported this ministry. Thank you to all of our contributors, interns, guests and readers for sharing your hearts and giving your time. Praying expectantly for the upcoming year and all God has planned.
We want to personally invite you to share your story! How has God been working in your life? Do you have a salvation story you’d like to share? Revelation 12:11 tells us the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimonies overcome. You never know how many saved souls might just be on the other side of your story.