Words from the Heart for Friday July 6th, 2018
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NRSV)
Like a Tree Planted by Water
The Lord created the roots of the tree to reach down to draw from an unseen source of water necessary to live. That’s a picture of us being blessed if we place our trust in the Lord as our source.
The weeping willow is one of the most common trees in Canada, with some 54 different species native to this country. Because they need to be planted near water, they provide excellent erosion control. Various parts of the willow tree have been useful for humans for centuries. The tough, flexible young branches are excellent for wickerwork. And like the ancient Greeks, native Canadians used the bitter inner bark, which contains salicylic acid, as a painkiller and to reduce fever.
I love watching weeping willows. They are one of the first trees to get their leaves in the spring and the last to lose them in the fall. If you see a weeping willow, you know that there is water nearby. They pull from the water the sustenance they need to flourish. The Bible uses this analogy a few times. In fact our text for today, Jeremiah 17:7-8 sounds just a lot like Psalm 1:3. Jeremiah writes “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” Just as a tree by water flourishes when it puts it roots down into the moist ground, so we flourish spiritually when we put our roots deep down in Jesus Christ. He pours the spiritual nutrients we need into our soul, helping us to stand strong when the storms of life come, or the times of spiritual drought. Put your roots deep down in Christ today.
These have been words from the heart.