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A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi. (In front of you, a precipice. Behind you, wolves.)

Monday, August 22, 2011


Most of us, these days, think God owes us a cushy life. I find myself praying that problems will work out well and quickly; that hurts will smooth away; that kids will be healthy, cars will run, and the raise will materialize. For the most part, they do. I have had ample evidence that God in all His generosity and magnificent caring, loves his servants and wants them to be happy.

But God owes us nothing, really, unless we have held up our ends of the bargain. God, the Keeper of the Vineyard, wants us to drive a taproot deep into the soil. Those who have it easy, only form surface roots. Their foliage may be rich and lush and their fruit delicious.

But when the wind blows, those over-watered, pampered trees fall, throwing the web of their surface roots into the air. Even though possibly extensive, the surface roots will not save the outwardly large and beautiful tree from the storms to come.

I want a long taproot. I want my root to thrust down so that it reaches the river of Living Water deep beneath the earth. I want to drink my fill, knowing that with this water, I shall live forever in the Lord's Vineyard--a fruitful tree. For that I must accept the challenges that come.

Oh God, make my taproot long.


  1. Here in Florida's panhandle we get the chance to see gigantic trees toppled every few years during hurricane season. The sad truth is shallow rooted trees rarely fall without destroying everything around them. Remind yourself that damaged area would equate to your family and its easier to put down strong roots by cutting out whole branches of your life if they endanger the health of the whole.

  2. True! I've cut whole branches off before. Boy is it PAINFUL! But sometimes the pruning has to be done, like you said, to make the tree, as a whole, stronger. It's a good thing the Keeper knows what He's doing, isn't it?

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