He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
While out on a hike I came across this tree. What was really unique about it was that it was shooting off the side of a hill. In all honesty, there is no way this tree should still be standing. From the base on up it was totally separated from the ground.
However, that’s when I noticed its roots. It had a complex system that dug into the hill from several different angles. The truth of the matter is that there was no way this tree was coming down. So deep were the roots into the side of the hill I couldn’t have knocked it down if I wanted to.
This reminded me of The Book of Psalms. Chapter one says that those who meditate in God’s Word, – “in the law of the Lord” – will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. It brings forth its fruit in due season. Its leaf does not wither. As a matter of fact whatsoever that person does shall prosper!
Just like this tree when we have our roots down deep in God’s Word, even when things look bad, even when it looks like we should fall and not get up, we will still miraculously stand!
One last thought. Winter is just coming to a close here in Central Illinois and so this tree doesn’t look like it is prospering. Stripped bare of leaves, it appears quite dead. But in about a month or so this tree will be green, lush, and bursting with life. So it is with us – things might look bad now, but if we dig our roots deep into God during this season, spring and summer will surely follow. Things may look dead now, but hang on, there’s some life stirring just under the surface!
Good news today from a great and loving God!