Roots are vitally important for the life of a tree. They establish and anchor the tree, and they store and transfer water and nutrients to sustain the tree. A tree with healthy, deep roots tapping into a water source need not fear when it endures high winds and drought and fire. In the same way, being deeply rooted in the Word of God will result in an unshakeable strength, endurance, and fruitfulness.
We have a responsibility to provide such a foundation for the generation that follows us. And we have the choice to run our own roots deep into the stories of those who have gone before us, and there find an anchor that enables us to endure. The trees of our lives will be sustained, and the stories of our lives will be preserved.
The process of canning fruit fascinates me. The trees bear their fruit in season, but then if we diligently store it away in jars, it will be saved and preserved, to be enjoyed in the season that follows. In the same way, when we tell the stories from our lives to the next generation, the stories are preserved.
Each of us bears a story of all that has shaped our lives. The fabric used in these quilts comes from old clothes, each with their own story. Different pieces, making a beautiful whole. So it is with the events in our lives, families and communities. These stories must be passed on and preserved, from generation to generation, so they will not be forgotten.
We must remember our heritage, remember the many ways that God has shown His faithfulness in the past, so that we will be quick to trust Him and praise Him in the present!