Like A Stream That Never Dries
“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)
When I read this passage I was reminded of the imagery of a tree by a stream from the 1st Psalm. Growing up in the north I remember Willow trees that were always near a source of constant water. They seemed to only thrive where there was a reliable source of water. Here in Florida we have Cypress trees that can even thrive when they are flooded over for months at a time. They are the perfect swamp tree and they need water in abundance to do well. Trees in the Middle East also need an additional source of water beyond normal rain.
God wants us to trust Him and draw our strength from Him. When we are controlled by our daily situation our lives will always in a state of rapid change. We all have good days and tough days. Sometimes we do even have days when nothing seems to go our way. I hate to call anything a bad day because then I am letting my situation effect my view of life as I have been blessed by God. As the familiar saying goes, “God is good all the time.”
The ultimate goal for a tree is to bear. Paul also uses that metaphor in Galatians chapter 5 talking about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. When we draw our strength from the Lord incredible things happen, even bearing fruit in a severe drought.