“They will be called oaks of righteousness, planted by The Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3

In my hometown there’s a small brick bank building, nestled comfortably at a “busy” intersection in the countryside. Surrounding the back half of the building are these massive old oak trees. I have often driven past them and wondered how old they are, and who may have planted them. Their large limbs stretch out every which way in strong protest of gravity. They never lack “fullness” as the green leaves do not change, even when seasons do. They impress me, often. 

Another little fact about where I’m from is the area is prone to hurricanes. 5 or more in my 28 years alone. The dangerous storms show no partiality as they engulf the coast and devastate hundreds if not thousands of people that lie in their path. I’m sure you know the answer to this, but do you know what isn’t devastated by the storms? You guessed it, the oak trees by the bank. They are still there, still growing. They remain unharmed and unchanged. 

I desperately long to have such strong roots in Christ.

Today I pray this over you, that your roots would be deeply planted in The Lord. That you would see yourself as I see those trees – as the magnificent person you are. That you would know that no matter what comes your way, with Christ, you can keep growing. 

Let the winds come.

Let the storms rage. 

Let the seasons of wilting heat and freezing cold come.

We will not be moved.

“I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily and take root like the cedars of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:5