Our house in Florida had several gigantic pine trees in the backyard.
Those majestic trees were easily close to 100 feet tall. That is pretty big for a couple of Texas kids who think a big tree is anything bigger than the house.
During storms the wind would whip those gigantic pine trees around. Tree limbs would crash into the roof. After a storm it wasn’t uncommon to see downed trees in the neighborhood. I was surprised why pine trees were so easily destroyed by what is considered mild winds in west Texas. Pine trees grow tall and are very impressive but they have a very shallow tap root system. It doesn’t take much wind to uproot and destroy one of those majestic pines.
In contrast Mesquite trees are ugly and barely grow taller than a house.
They are gnarled by their harsh environment. They really aren’t much to look at.
Mesquite trees are common in areas where trees are few. It is able to survive in extremely harsh conditions because of its roots. The roots of a Mesquite tree runs deep and seek out water. Mesquite trees are really not much to look at and provide only limited shade. The existence of a mesquite means that there is a water supply nearby.
As a Christian it is easy to be like the pine tree that appears impressive from the outside. We may have the right credentials, know how to act but when the storms of life rage are faith is easily rocked. We should be more like a mesquite.
It is life’s trials and hardships that strengthen and grow our faith.
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5