You might be asking, “What’s the difference”? The truth is there’s a BIG difference.
According to Merriam-Webster, to be planted means to put or set into the ground to grow, but to be rooted means firmly established over time.
You can plant a tree and the roots are loosely laid in a prepared hole and filled back in with the earth. A hearty rain or gust of wind, however, will knock it over with little resistance.
A rooted tree, however, will withstand being buffeted by the run of the mill storms and winds. It will hold its ground and continue to stand in the face of adversity.
Psalm 92:12-14 says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;”
As pastors wives and ministers, if we are not rooted, how will we ever help those who are planted?
In Florida, there is an Areca palm tree. You can cut that tree down to the ground, but unless you remove the stump it will grow back every time! No matter how you hack it, slice it, trim it, it is going to thrive.
I think God made pastors wives like Areca palms. We just keep coming back for more.
Read verse 14 again. It declares just because we get older doesn’t mean we are worthless and unusable. Exactly the opposite.
It says we will be fat and flourishing! I get excited about that, seeing how I’m on the chunky side. Did you chuckle? Or did you say Amen?
We don’t have to be weak and frail, tossed in a corner somewhere. We have something to contribute regardless of our age. Sis Juanita was teaching Sunday School right up until the Lord called her home. She was 95! We have another friend who is in her mid-80’s and still pastors full-time. Another who is in her late 70’s, she’s still traveling and evangelizing.
God planted you along time ago and over time you have become rooted. Rooted in his word, rooted in his ways and precepts. Rooted so you can provide shade and comfort to others when they come to you broken.
The older the tree, the deeper the roots.
So, keep standing. Keep flourishing. If you feel cut to the quick, it’s ok. You are going to grow back stronger and fuller than before.
No matter what storms may come your way, your branches will buffet the winds, and your leaves will deflect the rain, and when the sun comes back out…you will still be standing.