“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.”- Jeremiah 17: 7-8 MSG
17:7 is quoted on my Bible case; unfortunately, I left my Bible case at church in November. In side it contained my Bible and journal. Oh how I wish I still had them. That was my very first Bible. I received it as a gift from Kristy and her boyfriend in the summer of 2004. Kristy was my mentor in the “Imagine College” program that was hosted at Middle Tennessee State University. Needless to say, my Bible was falling apart, but I did not see myself ever parting ways with it. I have notes and dates in there that I thought I would re-read for years to come. I went to the church this past Saturday and I searched and searched and searched for my prized possessions and left very disappointed and heartbroken. That particular Bible was a major part of my life. Yes, I know there are other Bibles, in fact, I have five other ones, but I don’t have the connection with them that I had with my first one. I’m optimistic that it will reappear one day soon. I really want it back. And my journal! Oh gosh, my many notes and the sermonette on love. I would like to lay my eyes on them all again.
(By the way, you may be thinking, “She lost it in November, but went back in March to look for it?!” Well, I had someone look for me. My church is in Murfreesboro, TN and I went back to MS the day after I left it and have not been able to return to Murfreesboro until this month. There has indeed been a search.)
But this scripture! Let’s break it down because every time I see it I’m encouraged and I hope that it encourages you. As of my last post, you all know that I have not secured a FT job. So because I’ve misplaced a book about jobs and God, I purchased Rick Warren’s “What on Earth Am I Here For?” Clearly, I want to be focused on the direction that I’m going.
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord- Who is blessed? The people who trust in the Lord. This implies a continuous trust as in trust in good and bad times. No matter the circumstance you are blessed if you trust in the Lord.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water- The trees are connected to their life source, the water. Interestingly enough, the scripture has “deep”. It goes past the mere touch of the water. The roots (life line) have to establish themselves in what they need. For us, that is securing our foundation in Christ. To go deep with Him we have to read the Word (Bible) that He has given us, talk to Him, hear from Him, and know who He is.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought- Now when I read this I nearly jumped out of my seat. The sun’s intensity could be pounding on the tree, but it does not faint (LOL…I like it! Galatians 6:9- “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”) . Why? Because it’s connection to the water gives it the strength to endure through the long hot days as well as the times of lack. Despite what is going on above water level (superficial/eye level/outside appearance to others), the tree remains intact, satisfied, and not in need of anything because what sustains it is what is on the inside. I hope you can get that in your Spirit. You can have peace and joy while all else seems to crumble around you. Stay connected to the source. “I may not know when the resource will come, but I do know the Source in whom it will be provided”- (Oh, that’s my quote)
Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit- Leaves can catch fire if it is very hot and dry. Green represents life, harmony, balance, learning, and growth. All of which are very good characteristics when describing something that wants to produce. We know thus far, that the sun nor drought can stop the tree from standing upright, but now we see that those obstacles cannot interfere with its production either. One can still produce good fruit when things don’t seem to go your way (Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”) We can have these wonderful attributes even when we’re going through.
Jeremiah 17:5-6- “God’s Message: ‘Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows.’”
Write ya’ later!