Roots and Shoots

Have you ever looked at a beautiful lily and considered not only what is above ground but also what lies beneath? In the example of this flower we can see two contrasting characters in the child of God.

Above ground, as it were, is the simple unsophisticated life of trust and faith as represented by the lily that God has planted. That is what men see. Yet buried deep out of sight, giving to this lily unsuspecting strength, are deep roots. Outwardly the Christian life is fragile like the flower, but secretly there is a hundred times more underground.

How much of my life is seen? When people look on the surface have they seen the whole or is there something more? Do I have an unseen history with God? There is a big difference between what the world sees and how it measures things, and what God sees as fruitfulness from His viewpoint.

“…he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;  his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.
(Hosea 14:5-6)