Got roots? Not the “grow out” roots you get from an overdue visit with your hairstylist. The other
kind. The kind that belong to the tree
written about in Psalm 1. David was describing righteous men when he said this:
“And he shall be like a tree planted by
the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his
fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not
wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall
prosper” (Psalm 1: 3).
Can you picture those trees? They are
strong. Their roots run deep. They’re anchored in rich soil. They’ve been carefully
nurtured. How? Well, by a specialist, of
course. An arborist, to be exact. So, what
is an arborist? Dictionary.com says this:
A specialist in the cultivation and care of
trees and shrubs, including tree surgery,
the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
of tree diseases, and the control pests. 1
See if this describes your job as a mom:
• Cultivation and care of your child—
• Requires some heart surgery—mostly
the “inner” kind—check!
• Demands a diagnosis from time to
time—and treatment too—check!
• Preventative in nature—check!
• Pest control? You know it!
See? You’re an arborist.
If you’ve got kids, you’re an arbor-ist. Only you’re tending to the eternal, not
the temporal. You’re impacting the future,
one tiny trim and watering at a time.
I’ve been privileged to watch some
amazing arborists in my time. And
guess what? They didn’t do everything
right. But I’ll say this: they were inten-
tional about caring for their little sap-
lings. The best arborists are grown trees
themselves, you know, and they have
learned to bend so that they don’t break.
These mature arborists take care not to
over-water their young trees with the
language of legalism. Instead, they cover
their young with grace—and the occa-
sional, necessary pruning.
Strong kids almost always have this
in common: they’ve been patiently, tenderly, intentionally nurtured over time
by parents who take their job seriously.
These parents—these tree-whisperers—
are doing what is arguably the most important job on the earth: they are raising
the next generation.
The world we live in is challenging. It’s
easy for young saplings to get torn out
by their roots when cultural winds blow.
And the winds are sure blowing now,
But strong trees—trees that are rooted
deep in the rich soil of God’s truth and
grace— are not blown about by the winds
that surround them.
Be an Intentional Arborist!
You’re impacting the future, one tiny trim
and watering at a time.
Heidi St. John