Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
As I searched through my images I was surprised that I had a hard time finding an image to illustrate these verses. It seems that the pictures of trees that I love the most are those that stand alone in a meadow. This made me question my understanding of this metaphor of a tree planted by water. Then I thought about the difference between finding water in the Mediterranean and desert climate of Jeremiah and my temperate climate with abundant rainfall. The lesson here is that to survive and thrive all trees must have a good, reliable water source, be that a stream in a desert or an underground water table. The trees I love, ones that stand alone away from a river, still have an abundant water source through roots in a well-watered ground. If we are to face hard times unafraid we must put our roots deep in God’s love. When we put our roots here they will grow deeper and we will be able to withstand the hardest droughts of our lives.
Grow our roots deep in your love. Teach us not to fear times of drought but to trust in you as our source of living water.
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