The Santa Clarita Valley is part of an Arbor Day Foundation movement called Tree City USA, and I’m glad! As far as I’m concerned, trees are an incredible asset. They offer much-needed shade in our Southern California heat. They grow in front and back yards; line our streets and boulevards; border our malls, and fill planter diamonds in parking lots everywhere. These tall and beautiful monuments of nature are simply invaluable when triple-digits visit our summers. Trees can bring relief from the scorching temperatures.

Because we live in such an arid climate, drought conditions are on a scale from abnormally dry, to moderate, to severe, to extreme, to exceptional. We’ve been in exceptional drought for several years now and we know what it means to conserve water. Turning off the water when we brush our teeth is just the beginning of being water conscious. We only water our lawns three days a week... even during sweltering heat waves. Needless to say we can’t deep water our plants. Because of this, many of our trees become “surface rooted,” looking for water anywhere they can get it… 

Recently Southern California got rain. LOTS OF RAIN! The ground was saturated. It was these soggy conditions that created the perfect storm for surface rooted trees. It reminded me of something Jesus said:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise person who PUT DOWN DEEP ROOTS. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew against that TREE; and yet it did not fall, for it had been DEEPLY ROOTED. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish person who DIDN’T CULTIVATE DEEP ROOTS. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that TREE; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

Matthew 7:24-27 [WTT] (Walker’s THRIVE Translation)

Okay maybe Jesus didn’t say that EXACTLY… but trees were downed all over the Santa Clarita Valley because the rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew. The picture was clear; trees without deep roots are susceptible to falling when the storms of life happen. If you find yourself surface rooted, take the time today to seek water from the river of life (REV 22:1-2) and ACT on it! That way then when the rains fall, and the floods come, and the winds blow in your life, your tree with stand and THRIVE because it’s pulling up from deep water.


Lead Pastor