I have seven large maple trees in my yard. I have no idea how old they are, but the thickness of their trunks suggest they have been shading this plot of land since before I was born. Under and around these trees I planted flowers when I moved in last summer. They make me smile as I gaze out my window, thankful that God created so many different types for me to enjoy.
During the course of the hot summer my care for these two types of plants differed greatly. The only thing I needed to do for the trees was pick up sticks they occasionally dropped from their branches. The heat of the sun and lack of rain did nothing to stunt the growth of the trees. Their roots ran deep, finding water below the surface that I could not see. The flowers, however, demanded more attention. I had to keep track of when it last rained and water them if it had been too many days since the previous shower. Their roots were very shallow and needed me to ensure their survival through the season.
I started thinking about roots and how I quench my thirst. When the scorching sun shines on my little life, do I depend on others for my nourishment? Probably more than I care to admit.
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They 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.”
Where are your roots? Do they run deep into the truth that God loves you and has taken care of you, is taking care of you, and will continue to take care of you? When they are firmly planted, we do not have to worry about the heat that may come into our lives. We can still trust when life seems dry and cracked. We can rest in the shade and know where to find sweet living water.
Lord I am thirsty for more of you. Thank you for providing the hope of living water. When the drought comes, help me to go deeper with you instead of searching in the shallow dirt for what my soul truly needs.