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Prophesying about the people of Judah who escaped the slaughter by enemies, Isaiah says, “The remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward” (Isa 37:31). This can also mean us who have escaped the onslaught of satan and are a minority today. God has hopes on us that we will once again take root and fill the earth. “In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit” says Isaiah (27:6). Exciting, isn't it? Let's see something about taking root. When we discuss an important matter, we say, “We must get to the root of the matter.” That says it all. The root is where you start to know anything fully and rightly. Root is the most important part of the tree or plant. But when we look at a tree, we don't even think about the root. We appreciate the foliage and clap for the sweetness of the fruit. We never say, “The tree is so good. It's root must be good.”Root is the unnoticed, unappreciated part of the tree, yet the most important. It is hidden, yet vital. What is the origin of the root? Seed. When a seed is planted it starts to die even as it gives birth to the root. How does it die? It must first of all fall, fall from the place where it is comfortably seated. We are all wheat alright. But if we are still in the sack, comfortable and cozy, we will be barren, single and unproductive. Most of us love this kind of life to be a wheat in the sack. We must obey the Farmer, the Lord of the harvest, and not grumble when He throws us in the soil. As long as we are in His hands we are warm, safe and secure and we think that the moment will last forever. But suddenly thunder bellows, lightning strikes, the showers come, the season is come and it is time for us to go. The Farmer throws us. It appears rude. The seed cries and thinks the Farmer has decided to throw him away and has no need of him, etc., But no, it is out of love for the seed, the Farmer throws him. He does not want the seed to languish in loneliness but to multiply merrily. The seed falls where? Not on a bed of jasmines but on the ground, on the slushy ground full of smelly manure. We all need to experience this. It is good for us to fall to the ground. We will not put out root on mosaic or marble. We must lie on the ground, wet and lonely on the nasty soil. Many of us are on mosaic and marble. That's why we are not growing roots. It is good to fall down. It humbles us. It makes us to understand where we belong. We belong to the ground. That is where our job lies. We cry, we weep, “Why Lord have you cast me to the ground?” The seed lies there weeping. The rains come. The soil covers it and it dies, or so it thinks. It thinks the end has come. But no, life has just begun. It remained in solitude so far. If it had remained in the gunny bag even for a thousand years, it would be breathing and alive but will never put out roots. It must die. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it | March 2020 | Page 03