Sometimes I wonder
what it looks like down under
beneath the ground’s soil
The roots intertwine
they mingle and wind
becoming as one
We 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?
I 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!