But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8, NIV
Have you ever been in a place where the grass is dry and yellow, the sun is beating down, the heat is stifling, trees are withered and sparsely leaved, and it seems that there’s no shade to be found? As you look around, everything seems to be dried up, withered and wasting away, with no hope in sight. But wait! What’s that in the distance? You jog towards it, wondering if you’re seeing things. As you get closer, you realize it’s a tree. Not a tree suffering in this heat and drought, but a green tree, full of leaves, branches spreading out, providing shade and shelter. And what’s that? You can hear water! A rushing, babbling, laughing, joyful flow of water!
Finally you reach the tree, and stand beneath it in awe. The shade is a refuge, sheltering you from the blistering heat of the sun, and the water is refreshing and cooling, soothing your parched throat and sunburned skin. And on the tree is the most delicious fruit you’ve ever tasted!
When we accept Christ as our savior, we become like the tree in this verse, planted by a stream. Not just any stream, but the stream of living waters found only in Christ. And as we drink of that water and grow, our roots deepen and we become solidly anchored in Him, and we bear fruit. Like that tree in the midst of the drought, we provide shade and shelter to those around us, and they see something miraculous in a world that’s wasting away.
How do we grow and send our roots out into the stream of living water? Through our daily choices as we read our bible, pray, listen, and choose to follow and obey God. We must also choose to trust Him in everything, to provide for our needs, to carry us through…and He will! When we do that, our roots deepen in Him, and we become a living testimony of His love and grace.
Lord, help us to grow like that tree, to send our roots out into the stream of living water found only in Christ, and let our lives bear witness to Your love and grace. Let our fruit be sweet to others, and may our witness draw the lost to You.
In Jesus’ name,