Author: Emily Bowen (Virginia, US)
One June day, my husband and I decided to visit a nearby historical home. The beautiful house lay nestled behind a long driveway lined with oak trees. My husband and I sat in rocking chairs on the house’s veranda and listened to the tour guide share the history of the estate. She then began to talk about the uniqueness of the oak trees. When they are planted together in a row, she said, their roots not only intertwine but fuse together. This interdependent root system allows the oaks to share water and nutrients and to form a stronger hold in the ground. She told us that when a hurricane had swept through that area, their oaks had sustained little damage because they were held strongly together in the earth.
What would happen if Christians held as tightly together through the hurricanes of this life as those oak trees did? What if we poured the strength, wisdom and love that God has rained down on us into the lives of those experiencing hardship? What if we received that same strength, wisdom and love from others when we ourselves are going through trials? God did not design us to live unto ourselves but created us to be a family, firmly bound together by our roots in our Creator.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to hold fast to our family in Christ, freely giving and gratefully receiving. Amen