The Cedar of Lebanon is a common tree in mountainous regions and Mediterranean climate. This tree grows slowly, but reaches a great height, being considered one of the largest trees, reaching 40 meters.
A curiosity about this tree is that, in the first 3 years of life, its root reaches almost 2 meters deep, even though its height is about 5 cm at that time.
Only when its root is well-grounded and secure does the tree begin to grow in height. And that’s the point I want to bring up today.
Don’t worry about the external
This tree doesn’t need to show everyone at first how big it will be.
This period is dedicated to her firmament, so that she stays strong at the base. The well-founded root is what prevents it from growing fragile, only then will it reach its final height with safety and strength.
In Psalm 92:12 we find the following passage: “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon”
Christ wants us to grow like her, grounding us in His Word, focusing on the inside and strengthening our hearts so that, from there, our growth becomes visible without it melting over time.
Focus on the root
Sometimes we think we’re not growing, that we’re going around in circles and getting nowhere. That’s because maybe we’re focusing on the visible fruit, at visible height, and we’ve forgotten how our roots are being strengthened in this low tree period.
Seek deep roots in Christ and you will bear fruit at the right time, strengthened in His word!
Do not give up!
You are growing, you are learning and being molded, your roots are being rooted in Him. Keep going, God is preparing you in secret for a strong root that will make you reach the heavens. Trust the process.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” – Jeremiah 17:7-8