Two years ago around this time, Jared and I were in Charleston, South Carolina celebrating a decade of marriage.  We took in so much beauty on our short trip—I hope to go back someday.

One of my favorite places we visited was Magnolia Gardens.  It’s the oldest public garden in America, first welcoming visitors in 1870.

The flowers were breathtaking, but what I remember most was one specific cypress tree standing among hundreds of others.  A plaque next to the tree read “On this tree you will notice, now healed over, a severe lightening wound. While most trees are killed when struck by lightening, the cypress tree seems immune, probably because of its water-grounded roots.  Because of their height, these trees are frequently struck, known as ‘the wood eternal,’ because of demand for its lumber which will endure ‘forever without paint.’”

I was in awe.  Does anyone else feel like they’ve been struck with lightening a time or twenty? 

It was meant to take you out.  But it only made you shoot up stronger.  Why?  Probably because of your water-grounded roots.

Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

That’s some powerful water.  May we all soak our roots in Jesus, the Living Water.  He doesn’t dry up.  He leads us to eternal life.  And he uses those lightening strikes for ultimate good.  Let’s trust Him.

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