My boys and I planted some trees recently. Each week we go out to water them together. Peter is almost 4 and Isaak is almost 2 years old. I’ve noticed something each time we water them together. I pour the bucket of water all around the little tree to sink down and saturate the roots. My boys always tell me, “Daddy, you’re missing the tree. You’re not watering the tree!”
When it’s their turn you can guess where they pour the water — directly on top of the fragile little tree’s stem and branches, nearly bending it over and killing it. They don’t know that its the invisible root system beneath the ground that needs the water to grow. They don’t know that dousing the visible, outside part of the tree is actually counterproductive.
Hmmm, I think there’s a key spiritual principle here. We live in a world that is focused mostly on the external, the visible, the parts of ourselves we can access with our 5 senses. We feed our faces. We shine our cars. We polish our job portfolio. We present our public selves in glowing light on our Facebook page.
We’ve been pouring water on our exterior lives, but beneath the surface our root systems are drying out. Our heart and soul needs nourishment. If we don’t water our roots, we will eventually wither and die.
These are the kinds of lessons we can learn from nature and teach our children so they can gain wisdom for an abundant life in Christ!