Wednesday: January 29, 2020
Mark 4:5,6 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
For a tree to rise up and to stay rising, it first needs to plant its roots firmly in the soil. It has to a establish long term link with soil water and nutrients deep down to guarantee a continues ascent. Thus in the parable of the sower, we see many dimensions of planting among them, establishing roots. This is highlighted not just to ensure that the plant emerges from the ground, but stays up after this.
Therefore, questions arise- how grounded are you and how much root have you established: in the word of God? In the love of God? In your fellowship with other believers? How grounded are you in the things that pertain to your job, your relationships or studies?
Beloved, this is literal and means exactly what it states:
‘how high you rise and how long you keep rising are dependent on how deep down you go’. They are factors of how deeply and firmly are you planted in the soils listed above.
Springing up quickly is not a determinant of sustainability, nor is it a measure of longevity. The best starter in a marathon is not necessarily the one who finishes in first place, it is the one who endures the entire journey till the very end. And life as we know it, is clearly a marathon not just a sprint. Without established roots, my dear, even though you may spring up quickly, you will also quickly wither when the scorching sun also rises.
So remember # “how high you rise and how long you keep rising are dependent on how deep down in the soil your roots go” .