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Neil Orchard was talking with a farmer about his soy bean and corn crops. Rain had

been abundant, and the results were evident. So his comment surprised him: "My crops are

especially vulnerable. Even a short drought could have a devastating effect."

"Why?" Orchard asked.

He explained that while we see the frequent rains as a benefit, during that time the

plants are not required to push roots deeper in search of water. The roots remain near the

surface. A drought would find the plants unprepared and quickly kill them.

Some Christians receive abundant "rains" of worship, fellowship, and teaching. Yet when stress enters their lives, many suddenly abandon God or think him unfaithful. Their roots have never pushed much below the surface. Only roots grown deep into Jesus Christ (Col.

2:6-7) help us endure times of drought in our lives.

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