The Root that Pushed Through

by Terri Gillespie

When the wicked thrive, wrongdoing increases, but the righteous will see their downfall. Proverbs 29:16 TLV

Have you ever seen a thin blade of grass find its way through concrete? It seems impossible, but as a homeowner, I can tell you it’s not only possible, it happens frequently. How about a mystery plant or those tiny seedlings from the maple tree breaking through the sidewalk? How is that possible?

Concrete contains microscopic cracks invisible to the naked eye. Plants have new cell growth at the tips of their roots. As the plant grows, so does the root system. God gave these roots sensitive tips that have the power to seek the path of least resistance for growth. Those microscopic cracks become the open door for plants growing beneath your sidewalk, patio, or driveway.

Once a plant’s roots discover a minuscule crack in the concrete, they force their way into the slab. Even small weeds and seedlings have the power to displace concrete using potential energy from root growth. Over time, the plant’s continued growth can crack, break, or buckle the surrounding concrete—at which point you may see the plant break through the surface.

God’s truth is like that little plant and the hard concrete is like those in the world who have turned their back on that truth. Nothing can keep His truth from springing forth. So, if the Creator of the Universe can create a tiny seed with enough power to push through concrete, then how much more, can we His children be a voice in this world?

These days we see a lot of “concrete” that scoffs at our little seedlings of truth. At times it may feel like they have buried us alive in hardness. The world may think themselves clever and firmly in control with what they think is a solid barrier against God’s truth, but a single little seedling of His truth can break up the hardness.

Therefore he told me, “This is the Lord’s message to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Zechariah 4:6 NET

What is your blade of truth? What is the seedling of truth that you are passionate about—that He has planted in your heart? God’s love? His redemption? His reconciliation? His forgiveness?

This isn’t about religion, or doctrine, or the finer points of our faith journey. This is about the core foundational truth that changed us. That which caused our hardness to break, so that life could spring forth. The root that pushed through and turned us to Jesus, who brought us to His Father.

Is that truth evident in our writing, our social media, and our conversations?

Sometimes, we might surrender and think there’s no way to break through. We mustn’t give up because the victory may already be growing and ready to push through. When that crack presents itself, our little root will find the doorway to get through. Are we ready to speak in love and wisdom?

So brace your minds for action. Keep your balance. And set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Yeshua the Messiah. 1 Peter 1:13 TLV

May we watch for the seedling that springs forth and be prepared to share the truth that set us free.

About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus. Her newest book, Sweet Rivalry, releases in late 2021.

Join the conversation: Have you seen truth break through the hardness? Please share!

8 thoughts on “The Root that Pushed Through

  1. I love this, Terri!! You write with such substance to ponder the significance of truth that is “rooted” within us all. The question is; can we allow our Creator to cultivate the soil of our heart so we can achieve and walk in His abundance of peace, mercy, and grace through the storms of life…and allow those seeds to produce through the “hidden cracks “…that we think are impossible but with God, I’ve learned He is the giver of life and there is nothing impossible with Him. Love the scripture: I Peter 1:13~ I rest my hope fully upon the grace through the revelation of Yeshua ( Christ Jesus). 💗

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    1. That is always the question, isn’t it. What is encouraging is, is that God’s truth has its own energy to find those weaknesses in the hard heart. Resting our hope fully upon that grace is key! Great insights, Diane. Thanks!


  2. When I think about hard hearts, I recall an alcoholic who was so evil that he left his family for his drunken way of life. When his young daughter died, the neighbors went together to buy clothes for the child to be buried in. He stole the shoes off her feet to buy more whiskey. Later while listening to an evangelist, he gave his heart to Yeshua and became one of the greatest preachers of the day. Mel Trotter was that hard-hearted drunk that our ABBA used to bring many to Himself.

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    1. WOW! I can’t even imagine! God is so amazing! We never know what His plans are–even for the hardest of hearts. Thank you for sharing, Priscilla.


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