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Tree Roots

I have a neighbor with the most beautiful lawn. He feeds it his own special receipt of secret ingredients. He waters it every day and mows it every other day leaving glorious patterns that catch the light just right. I love it because his diligence raises my real estate value. Another thing I have noticed is the trees in my yard closest to his yard are very healthy. Arborists tell me the root system of trees can be five times the height of the tree. Some of my trees are easily fifty feet tall, which means they have root systems that spread out 250 feet in search of water and nutrients. I think my trees are eating his special formula and they are loving it. Please don’t anyone tell him I told you this or he might want me to help pay his water bill.

The very first Psalm says, “Blessed is the man … who delights in the law of the Lord. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth fruit in season.” I like the next part. It says, “Whatsoever he does shall prosper.”

God’s law is not an arbitrary set of commands designed to see if we are faithful. They are counsel from the one who knows all things. He knows if we follow His direction we will have a good abundant life just as a well-watered apple tree bears good apples. God is a God of good common sense.

When it gets dry in Massachusetts my trees do well. If we obey God’s word,we will do well.

Written by Roger Bothwell on September 25, 2003
Spring of Life, 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453