Welcome to LIFE Under the Oak Tree

In our front yard there is a huge, old, beautifully rugged Oak Tree.  Since the day we moved in to our neighborhood, this amazing treasure has captured my imagination, wonder and introverted thoughts...

It is amazing that this old tree has just stood its ground through many seasons and storms of the hot and freezing kind.

It is not only tall, but drapes its limbs out over a good portion of our side yard.  We have mulched around it, planted some ivy to cover the bear ground that is left from such a massively thirsty tree; we even "planted" a patio where the branches give way to a room like feel under the green leafy canopy.  We have placed an antique glider and chair there for times of quiet reflection or grace-filled conversation to be enjoyed while the birds have their home above in the towering branches.   

Under the Oak...a place to relax and reflect and find rest. 

Once while reflecting on the potential age of this beautiful landmark in the life and times we have had in our neighborhood, I began to notice a few roots peaking through the ground both near the tree and some distance away.

1. a part of the body of a plant that develops, typically, from the radicle and grows downward into the soil, anchoring the plant and absorbing nutriment and moisture.

This Oak Tree in my yard has deeply anchored roots that spread out to absorb all the nutrients and moisture that it's limbs require in order to provide the shade and refuge enjoyed there.
This Oak Tree has been a source of teaching for me in my walk of faith...some lessons pleasant and refreshing, others not so much.

As a Christ Follower it is good to go to church and be around other Christ Followers. 
There is so much more to learn and understand, however, about what
we are called to if we are to follow His Way.

Roots. 

Our roots must reach down deep if we are to receive the strength to bear the weight of
       this thing called LIFE. 
Our lives are to be strong enough to weather the gale-force winds that trials, trouble and
       adversity sometimes bring.
Our lives are to be a source of refuge to those in need of rest and refreshment from their
       storms.
Our lives are to provide shelter for our family and friends who need Love's Embrace ~ grace,
       forgiveness, kindness...

We must have deep roots.

Isaiah 65: 22..."For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. 23 They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear."

Welcome to Life Under the Oak...were roots run deep and hearts open wide to the deep, LIFE giving, SOUL-satisfying TRUTH.

Root–verb to become fixed or established.

The Word. Worship. Prayer.  These are my roots.