As we are searching fo things in life, sometimes we are only touching the surface of what we need. You search for the growth on the branches, life exists there, not knowing that the true health and state of those Branches are fed by what is invisible to the eye, it’s nourished by the roots that lay underneath.
Just like us, we may search for external happiness in a partner and material things. But the true source of happiness comes from deep inside.
I an the vine you are the Branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. (John: 15-5)
I love this verse it really explains so much. The vine is the root of a tree, and the branches are us.
After every leaf falls off the tree in your life what is left? The roots are they rotten roots or are they rotten roots or connected and flowing. Even if those ranches break and die, if the root system is healthy the a new tree will grow. Just as some trees once they are dead, a new tree will grow. Underneath the surface there is life. Look to the roots in your life. What really gives us life. What really sustains you when all else fades away.