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Connected

on February 3, 2015

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Sometimes I wonder

what it looks like down under

beneath the ground’s soil

they run

The roots intertwine

they mingle and wind

connecting-

becoming as one

IMG_3449We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:5

I went on a wild goose chase the other night. I found a web site that talked about Pando- the world’s largest single living organism- a forest of trees all coming from the same under the ground root system. Trees have always fascinated me.  But here’s a little secret fear I have- roots.  The thought of roots deep in the ground, growing and intertwining creeps me out!

So my husband saw me reading about Pando and he was intrigued.  He already knew all about the Pando, but he was so curious-  Why was I looking this up and how did I find it??

I kind of chuckled.  It made total sense to me how I got there… but I had to back-track the steps-

-I took these pictures of trees from a friend’s yard

-I wondered how old they must be

-I thought about their ginormous, scary roots under the ground

-then thought about how the roots of all these old trees must be connected to one another

In order to de-sensitize myself from the horrific images of roots in my mind, I looked up pictures of roots…

and then popped up Pando on my google.  Made perfect sense, right?

FullSizeRenderI started thinking about family trees and how we can trace back to the “roots” of our heritage. I have a wonderful family, and I have been blessed with some wonderful friends whom are like family to me as well.  My family is like a single tree- and those special friends of mine that are like family- well, I guess you could say that all of my friends have their own “family trees”, but our “roots” are connected under ground.  Our “root” connection is Christ.

Our intertwining “roots” are more like veins in the body of Christ… except it is His blood that brings life to the Body.  We are but little blood vessels and by the blood He shed for us, His Spirit flows through us.

And here’s another little secret- connecting with people is a little scary, too. For so long, I shut myself off from people because of fear of rejection.  But I have learned to let Him be my guide.  In order to connect, that requires a little bit of reaching out- and a whole lot of “Son” light.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

And as always, He brings the trees, the roots, and the connections full circle-right back to Him!

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12 responses to “Connected

  1. Kev says:

    We all have a tangled root we’re a little bit scared of Julie. 🙂

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  2. atimetoshare says:

    Beautiful.

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  3. popswally says:

    Reblogged this on Journey With Jesus and commented:
    ” In order to connect, that requires a little bit of reaching out- and a whole lot of “Son” light”. ~JHarris

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  4. Wonderful post, Julie. You probably know that I love and study God’s creation too. I knew of these trees and there are other similar trees that grow likewise. We have no American Elm trees because many would feed off of the most healthy one. When it became diseased they all died. Now the elms we have are mainly Chinese elms which are resistant to that blight.

    Your analogy in this post is brilliant. Thank you for it. Hope you are doing well. 🙂

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    • Julie Harris says:

      That is interesting about elms! Nature always fascinates me- and trees have so much character. Something really neat happened yesterday- I wrote this and then headed to church. We are doing a women’s bible study during the day and watch a short video. Wouldn’t you know- the pastor on the video talked about trees and roots!! Not a coincidence, at all! He said in a drought, we must sink our roots deeper! Hope you are doing well! Blessings to you 🙂

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  5. kcg1974 says:

    Lovely post, Julie.

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  6. vw1212 says:

    broken yet connected. great concept. vw

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