“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
This has always been one of my favorite verses in the Old Testament. I love the picture that comes to my mind when I read these words. I can just see a huge Oak tree, sitting on solid ground with a river running next to it. Its leaves are full and lush in spite of the intense heat from the rays of the summer sun. In the distance are fields of tall grasses, the tops parched from lack of rain. The tree is not simply surviving, it is growing. And it isn’t just growing, but it is producing acorns (fruit).
Isn’t this a beautiful picture of the Christian life? We should be so firmly rooted in God’s Word that when the hard times come (extreme heat and drought), we not only survive the difficulty, but grow through it!
I am a realist so I know that this seems easier said than done. I get that. However, this is what God desires for our lives. Moms, think about it- when our kids get hurt or run into trouble, don’t we desire that they come to us? Not just for comfort, but so that we can talk through the situation and help them to learn from their mistake? It is beneficial to them to elicit our help and support. In the process, our mother-child bond is strengthened and the child learns to better trust us, that we have his/her best interest at heart.
And so it is with our Heavenly Father. We are foolish to reject His comfort, wisdom, and most importantly, love. I challenge you today- what steps can you take so that you are like this Oak tree?
God desires that we GROW!