Settlers broke out of the forests of eastern America into the prairie of the Illinois country, the Prairie State, the Land of Lincoln, as in Abraham. Three kinds of Prairies existed, determined by the rainfall each received: tall grass prairies, with the most precipitation; mixed-grass prairies, with sufficient; and short-grass prairies, with the least. As much as 80% of prairies were grass of 40-60 different species.
Prairie roots always grew long and deep, according to the DNA God programmed. The roots could expand 20 feet into the earth. One plant with its complex, twisted, joined root system could extend for hundreds of yards. And, where the biggest part of an iceberg looms below the surface, where it does the greatest harm, prairie plants extended three-quarters of their roots below the surface, where they offered the greatest benefits. San Diego U-T, Mini-Page, 7/21/05
The tendrils stretch out to depths for nourishment and to strengthen the plant. Christian discipleship likewise never tires of deepening itself through lifestyle change, prayer, Bible study and concentration on the person of Christ. The deeper we go in faith, the more resistant we are to surrender when spiritual “dry spells” hit. The more lengthened our lives in faith, the less susceptible we are to being uprooted and desiccated by unhappy circumstances in life. The more empowered by spiritual food and well-springs of spiritual grace, the more likely we are to trust God through all the stresses of life and the less likely to question him, his will and his decisions.
Lord, give us prairie plant-faith, whether we live in Hoosierland, Lincolnland or the Golden State. – Fini –
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