Flourishing in a drought

planted by stream of water

Today, we have a choice.  We either decide to trust the LORD, or we decide to turn away from Him and trust another.

Today’s choice affects tomorrow’s outcome.

For we don’t know what tomorrow brings (Mat. 6:34), but we know this: the roots of our faith extend deeper each time we trust Him.  And we must be as a tree firmly planted by a stream of water. Our roots must run deep into His Word — for this is how we come to know His character and His faithfulness, and become assured that, no matter what, He never takes His steadfast love from us.  As our roots absorb that life-giving truth, our trunks are steadied and anchored. He feeds us and sustains us. He nourishes us for today, and for all future days.  We must choose, this day, to trust our LORD!

For droughts do come.

Days of hardship, unforeseen,  unfold on the tomorrows of this life. Unexpected and unheralded, trials arrive. We shouldn’t be surprised at fiery ordeals which come upon us, as if some strange thing were happening to us (I Pet. 4:12). Believers and unbelievers alike experience tribulation.

So, not if, but when trials come, will we be rooted and grounded, nourished by His deep source of truth?

Or, will we  be those who have chosen to turn away from the LORD, putting our trust in temporary sustainers — in other creatures or other created things? Will we then find ourselves rootless, like shrubs in the desert, tossed about on the day of drought? For in the day of hardship, fear and anxiety reign for the rootless.

But for the woman whose trust is the LORD, fear and anxiety never have the last word. They may rear their ugly heads, but she doesn’t have to succumb to the spiral downward. For her Lord, through an abiding relationship rooted in truth from His Word, sustains her. Circumstances do not, in the end, trump the power of her immovable source of needed sustenance. Rather, she flourishes as she trusts her Lord in the midst of her harsh circumstance.

The question, then, is this:

When the drought comes, will we be proven wispy tumbleweeds, or flourishing trees, firmly planted?

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.  He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come.  He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

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 17:5-8)

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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3 Responses to Flourishing in a drought

  1. Heather Morse says:

    Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you for always pointing to Jesus.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Jill says:

      He’s the only one worth pointing toward, isn’t He?! Thank you, Heather, for always pointing me to Him, too.

  2. Pingback: Deep thirst quenched | Even More Beautiful

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