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    October 21, 2009

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    Even if everything around you is falling apart.

    This massive tree is growing skyward,  seemingly unaware that half of its root system is exposed. The path that runs alongside this tree is a good six feet below the base of the tree, so as I walked along the path, I was looking up into its tangle of roots. And yet it grows. It reminded me that if we are rooted deeply enough, we can flourish and grow in less than ideal circumstances.

    18 Comments »

    1. Shalee says:

      Love your beautiful insight on this one, AM. So true on so many levels of life.

      October 21st, 2009 at 10:16 am

    2. Theresa says:

      That picture and your post have a wonderful insight!

      October 21st, 2009 at 10:17 am

    3. mamajo says:

      more impactful in this season of my life than you could ever imagine…thanks AM

      * * *
      You got some roots exposed right now Mamajo? God bless you and keep you sister.

      October 21st, 2009 at 10:24 am

    4. fern says:

      Love this. Thank you.

      October 21st, 2009 at 11:07 am

    5. Kelly @ Love Well says:

      Roots also enable us to survive a storm — even if the hurricane tears us all to pieces, we have a strength that will sustain us and hope for the future.

      October 21st, 2009 at 11:48 am

    6. Amy says:

      Love this…

      October 21st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    7. Iota says:

      Ah, this speaks to me too. More than you could know. Older trees can flourish with exposed roots, but it’s the saplings I’m concerned about.

      October 21st, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    8. MM says:

      Wow. I have to admit that I needed to hear this. I don’t like it, but I think I needed it.

      *sigh*

      October 21st, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    9. Michelle says:

      Beautiful reminder.

      October 21st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    10. Donna W says:

      If you haven’t already, you should read “The Glass Castle”. It illustrates the same principle as your picture.

      October 21st, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    11. shirlie thorsen says:

      SOME YEARS AGO WE HAD A DEVASTATING WIND STORM THAT KNOCKED OVER AN APPLE TREE DOWN AT THE VERY EDGE OF OUR PROPERTY. THE ROOTS WERE MOSTLY EXPOSED. HOWEVER, THE LIMBS LYING ALONG THE TRUNK STARTED GROWING UPRIGHT AND BECAME HEAVY WITH GREAT APPLES IN THE COMING YEARS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF APPLE TREE IT WAS, I THINK A BIRD WAS THE ONE THAT ” PLANTED” IT, BUT THE APPLES MADE GREAT PIES AND WE GOT MANY MANY JARS OF APPLE-SAUCE FROM THAT TREE. IT TURNED OUT TO BE A WONDERFUL UNEXPECTED BLESSING.

      October 21st, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    12. Bee says:

      Amen!

      October 21st, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    13. rrmama says:

      Well said AM, well said.

      October 21st, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    14. melissa says:

      Hi AM,

      Thanks for the reminder that I need to tend to my roots instead of –gasp!– surfing the web for the three hours since my kids went to bed.

      I was in TX for the last month and only yesterday returned to this place that God has clearly chosen for us. Not that I like it, but evidently, He is at work in it, so I need to dig deep and face up to the life and challenges (and blessings) that are here.

      Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

      October 23rd, 2009 at 2:07 am

    15. Great-Granny Grandma says:

      Great analogy.

      October 23rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    16. Lorie says:

      What a beautiful picture, and a beautiful reminder!

      October 23rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    17. Jenny 867-5309 says:

      Two thumbs up!

      Gulp…now why am I feeling guilty about this? Hmmmmm….

      October 24th, 2009 at 6:54 am

    18. Shannon says:

      We just drove to Key West and about halfway down the “old” 7-mile bridge that is half gone now, there is a huge Australian pine tree growing right on top of the asphalt. We were marveling both times we passed it as to how on earth it grows there. Kind of like your tree here. Amazing.

      October 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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