Growing Strong Roots

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May your roots go down into the soil of God's marvellous love
Ephesians 3:17

Philip Gulley writes, 'Growing up I had an old neighbour named Dr Gibbs. When he wasn't saving lives he was planting trees. The good doctor had some interesting theories on plant husbandry. He came from the 'no pain, no gain' school of horticulture. He never watered his new trees. He said watering plants spoiled them; if you water them, each successive generation will grow weaker. So you have to make things tough for them and weed out the weenie trees early on.

He talked about how watering trees made for shallow roots, and how trees that weren't watered had to grow deep roots in search of moisture. He'd plant an oak, and instead of watering it, every morning he'd beat it with a rolled up newspaper. Smack! Slap! Pow! He said it made the trees pay attention. Dr Gibbs went to glory a couple of years after I left home. Every now and again I'd walk by his house and look at those trees he planted twenty-five years ago. They are granite strong, big and robust. They wake up every morning and beat their chests and drink their coffee black. I planted a couple of trees a few years back. Carried water to them for a solid summer, sprayed them, prayed over them. Three years of coddling has resulted in trees that expect to be waited on hand and foot. Whenever a cold wind blows in, they tremble. Sissy trees. Funny thing about those trees of Dr Gibbs. Adversity seems to have benefited them in ways comfort and ease never could.'

Excerpt from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here.

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Oh my God! I feel like crying... this is so TRUE... no pain no gain, easy come easy go.
thanks for this post

Mary said…
Nice to have you back.So true,that writer,s remarks on adversity.One oftn hears,reads or even knows someone who gets to the top through the pain og having had areally tough life for a number of years. Like the plant he reaches out,finds a hidden God-given strength. Thanks for that.
Today's thought is so comforting to. Keep up the good work, Mike.
SuzyQ said…
This is wonderful. I love it. It made me smile and tear up at the same time :0)