Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Firmly Planted


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

 

How simple is the life of that tree. It is planted safely at the edge of the stream. The water is always there, in the blessed cool or the sweltering heat. The tree makes no effort to obtain the water. The tree simply stands beside the water and waits. Further, that same tree does not wring its branches each year and wonder if this will be the year that no fruit grows.

Most of us are so different from that tree.  We stand beside the Lord, a position that ensures us love, protection, freedom and still we fret and worry. How will feed our family? What if… and here you can add just about anything you want because we what if ourselves senseless. We do not trust that whatever God has planned is right and best.  When “heat” comes into our lives, in whatever form, we panic.  Our prayers to often become the “oh dear Lord, now what?” variety instead of the “this makes no sense to me but I’ll trust in your plan” prayer.

 Granted there are a few people in this world who do stand right beside the water that is God and just allow Him to bless and protect them.  I don’t know about you but I am a little envious of that tree and its human counterparts.  My life would be so much better, so uncomplicated, if I would simply stand beside my Lord and let Him truly be Lord of my life.

What if the tree decided to move over? Or what if it decided to suck up all the water around it in one day just in case there was no water the next day? Oh my gosh that is ridiculous isn’t it?  It is, but think about it. How much time do you spend wondering if what you are doing right now is what you should be doing? How many precious moments of the present are wasted worrying about what is going to maybe happen in the future?

 God is more than happy to have us stand right beside Him and allow Him to enlighten our path, provide our food, enable us to bear fruit. All we need to do is stay near to Him and know that whatever He designs for us will be for our best. Even when something is able to come against us or those we love God will take that pain, disappointment and sorrow and use it for our good.

It may sound crazy but today I am praying to be a tree, firmly planted beside the Living Water.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Soaring

But those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

 Some days life just feels hard. The more we try the less we accomplish. Everywhere we turn we meet adversity. The pain or aggravation of that adversity can cause us to miss out on the blessings and the joy of life, leaving us empty and edgy. At those times in life when putting one foot in front of the other just seems impossible we need to remember that we can soar on eagles wings. We can fly high above our pain and problems. We can go to a place where that pain cannot reach us.

          The last few years I have had quite a mixed bag of blessings and challenges. Many of the blessings have come from releasing the challenges to God. I have been able to accomplish things I thought impossible by simply understanding that they weren’t mine to accomplish.

          Sometimes we feel as if the weight of life is simply too heavy. Just as unused muscles tremble and ache when we put them to the test, our spirits do the same when trials or challenges seem like too much to bear. It is in those times that we absolutely need to hope and trust in the Lord.  

          There are things in life about which we can do nothing. That is hard for us because we are raised to be independent and to learn to take care of ourselves. The best thing any of us can do for ourselves is to recognize that all of our strength and ability comes from God. When times are hard we need to keep ourselves in His sight. We need to run to Jesus and lay our burdens at his feet.

          When we are trusting enough, wise enough to accept God’s help, the troubles won’t necessarily disappear but they will become easier to handle. Our Father will enable us to run and not grow weary, to walk and not be faint. He will give us His strength and carry us on His wings.