Recently, when on an evening walk in our neighborhood, my husband alerted me to a significant unevenness in the sidewalk. He wanted to alert me to a very real tripping hazard. As I looked down, it was glaringly apparent that the sidewalk had been forcibly lifted up by subterranean roots of a tree adjacent to the edge of the concrete. The lesson was not lost on me. Aside from the obvious need to observe where I placed my feet in order to avoid stumbling, tripping, or even falling on my face, I suddenly realized that roots affect more than the plant they support.
In some cases, roots stretch deep into the soil below the plant they support; in other cases, roots spread out from the base of the plant and suddenly surface in unexpected places, thereby disturbing what has been placed there.
This disturbance can work both for good or for evil. In the case of evil, unholy roots, the pernicious effect may remain underground, and therefore invisible, for a season; eventually, however, eventually those roots will surface and wreak destruction in the foundation of whatever has been established in the path of those roots. Similarly, in the case of good, holy roots, the effect may be delayed until the plant reaches a significant point of growth. At that critical point, the holy roots have the power to crack the foundation of darkness, no matter how long those roots may have lain invisible, seemingly powerless, below ground.
What’s the lesson? Let’s examine the roots of our problems and not merely medicate the symptoms. Those roots MATTER, and they impact those around us. Are we striving valiantly to stuff our painful experiences from the past and move on, without truly processing them with the help of the Holy Spirit? At some point, something will trigger those painful roots and cause additional pain.
Conversely, we can trust the holy ROOT (Revelation 22:16) — the Root and Offspring of David, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). He is the Holy Seed that will continue to bear fruit that remains, fruit that transforms, fruit that is for food and leaves for healing (Ezekiel 47:12).
Moreover, the root affects the plant, including its branches. Romans 11:16 admonishes us: “For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.” (NKJV) We can therefore conclude that our good and bad roots affect our branches, our fruit, and the impact we have on those around us.
Father, search my heart and expose any unholy roots in me! Help me uproot anything unholy in my life, that I might be healed of everything unholy from my past. Connect me more strongly to the holy Root, the Offspring of David, Jesus Christ my Messiah, that I might bear good fruit AND have impact for Your Kingdom on those around me, in Jesus’ Name!