We are all trees. Our bodies the trunks, our words, our actions, and our lives are the leaves, sprouting from us for everyone to see. But what’s under the dirt is just as important as what stretches towards the sky.
“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.”
(Jeremiah 17:7-8 MSG)
Just like a tree, what we put inside ourselves, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, and the friends we make, determines how we grow. If we fill up with bad language and evil influences, then our leaves will be brown and dead and our roots will be easily uprooted.
For a tree, its roots are what secure it to its source of life. When a storm comes, its roots are what keep it from being blown over and uprooted. What determines the strength of the roots is what food and nutrients the tree digests. Healthy and bright leaves are a sign of strong and healthy roots.
The same is true in life. What we put into our soul determines how well we will stay secure when a storm threatens to blow us over. If we fill our lives with the Word and with Jesus, our roots and leaves will reflect it, showing both inside and out.
Will you be deeply rooted when a storm blows your way?
Sixteen year old Abby Johanson spends all her free moments typing away at her laptop, scribbling on scraps of paper, or getting her words down on paper. Abby is a high school sophomore from Greenville, SC. She aspires to become a published writer sharing God’s love through words.
She enjoys painting, teaching art classes at her studio, playing soccer, and writing. She lives with her parents and has one younger sister and two precious tuxedo kittens, Ebi and Tali. She’s involved in her school’s FCA, Art Club, Beta Club, and NAHS (National Art Honors Society).
She plans on going to a small Christian college to get a dual degree in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Fine Art, to then become an English professor and published author.
She also writes on her school newspaper, The Mannuscript, and sees it as a way to share her love of words. She is involved in her Church ministry, Crave, is involved in a small group of 12 years with a close knit of girls to dive deeper into His Word, and is currently writing a curriculum for rising sixth grade girls.
Her favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.