Day 20: Being planted

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

Psalm 1:1-3

I know this is going to sound crazy, but as an international I didn’t know if England would have all four seasons.

I know, I know. That’s ignorant, but in my defense, various countries have different responses to the changing time of the year.

I am happy to report, however, that England does have all four seasons.

As I was walking around Nottingham last Friday with no intention other than to explore, I found this exquisite tree near Nottingham Castle.

I was going to pass right by it, but I couldn’t. I at least needed a photo of the leaves.

Unlike the typical fall colors of bright crimson and burnt orange, these leaves appeared so vibrant and healthy. Although they were falling off and leaving piles of leaves at the base of the tree, these piles were composed of such lovely colors.

All I could think of as I looked at this tree with its foliage of lemon and lime was that despite the obvious shedding of the tree, this tree was still very much alive.

As I mentioned yesterday, as Christians we too go through seasons.

There are days when we feel like we are on the mountaintop and there are other times when we feel alone in the darkest valley.

But if like this tree, our roots run deep and we find our nutrients in the Source, even when seasons change we will still stand.

Firmly rooted. Planted. Grounded.

You see, in autumn, only the leaves fall. The tree doesn’t just decide to collapse and then regrow in early spring.

No, the tree endures the struggle of winter and then blossoms in the warmth of spring.

We too have this assurance. If we ground our faith and establish our trust in the unchanging God, we secure our being during all seasons of life. No matter what comes, we won’t be shaken.

That isn’t to say that all seasons will be easy – Anyone who has experienced a South Carolina summer can attest to that! – but that we have a hope in Jesus Christ no matter what time we may find ourselves in.

Today, my prayer is that we are like the tree from the Psalm, that we bear good fruits for the Kingdom and that we grow and develop in mighty ways. Notice that the tree didn’t accomplish all of this on its own.

Thee tree was planted by streams of water. And guess what? We serve the Water of Life and we don’t ever have to thirst again! He satisfies our every need and He restores us when we are tried and tired.

Put your roots in Jesus so that when trials come (and they will) you have a firm foundation to endure the wind and the waves, the heat and the cold, the storm and the sun, knowing that we stand on the Cornerstone of Jesus Christ.

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