“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Old tree roots tell of long, slow inclination. By instinct, they know to grow toward their life source, and by a stream, can send them deep. While the tree grows up and out, reaching for the sun, stretching its arms to its fingertips that grow lush leaves and fruit and blossoms, the roots must keep drawing up the water. Constant nourishment yields fruit in season; apart from water, the tree withers.
What Jeremiah describes as “trusting in the Lord,” David elaborates on as “the blessed man [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord. 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.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
As I busy my days in work, decisions, conversation, activity, and ministry, the tendency to rely on my own strength can lure me from my Source. I must enter those days reaching to Jesus, the living water, and constantly tend to my roots that they stay connected to God’s living word. Drought and heat will come. It is in the Lord Jesus that my sustenance and refreshment lie. He is my Lifeline.
O God, with You is the fountain of life. May I day by day draw nourishment from You, and never forsake You, the fountain of living water. (Psalm 36:9; Jeremiah 17:13)