Wickedness never brings stability,
but the godly have deep roots. Proverbs 12:3
Just as the roots of a tree are not visible above the surface, the roots in our lives are not visible. When a rooted tree gets hit with rain, wind, and ice, it stands tall and strong. Likewise, rooted people with a strong foundation can withstand the big storms of life.
How rooted are you? When life hits you hard, does it knock you down easily? When someone says something hurtful, do you easily fall apart? If something doesn’t go as planned, how quickly do you begin to doubt?
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-9
You become rooted through intentionally sending healthy roots deep down in difficult times, sourcing wisdom from scripture, people, and other resources outside of you. It doesn’t always come easy. You must go against the norms to maintain your integrity. You must seek wisdom to handle adversities in upright ways.
Invest time and effort doing difficult things that will give you a solid foundation. Then when the storms come, you will have already developed a deep root system that can handle instability and chaos. Strongly rooted people carry the confidence and inner strength to face challenges.
Dr. Henry Cloud said “Our life is never on the outside. It is always on the inside. The invisible life always produces the visible life. Life works ‘inside out’.
If you’re not producing what you want on the outside, it’s because of poor roots on the inside. To become stable and productive, you must first develop a strong root system.