We were having one of our many wanders around Calke Abbey recently, and came across this tree.
It looks ok doesn’t it? Bit short, perhaps… But then you have a look around the other side and this is what you see.
Not looking so good now, is it? You see, the tree looks like it’s doing fine, but actually it’s rotting away at the base. That got me thinking. And then, blow me down (perhaps that’s not the right phrase to use here…), we got home and I found this in the orchard.
It’s one of our plum trees. Half of it has fallen over. Not the first plum tree we’ve lost, sadly, but there we go. And what do you find if you look at the bottom of the tree?
We can be a bit like that, can’t we? We might be looking fine and dandy, but if our roots aren’t good; if they’re rotting away gradually, it’s only a matter of time before we collapse. I wrote about Rootedness a while back. We all need to be rooted if we’re to survive and flourish.
As a Christian, I know how important it is to be rooted in my relationship with God. That’s not to say it’s easy, just that it should be a real priority. At the moment, I’m finding it hard to prioritise the things I should, but these trees were a helpful reminder that I need to look after my roots better.
What are you rooted in?
Are your roots nice and healthy, or have you got some work to do?
What can you do to help your roots grow?