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As a Tree
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Walking through my neighborhood, I noticed how much the trees have grown in the twelve years since the houses were built and the yards developed. Trees that appeared too fragile to withstand the heat of summer and the cold of winter stand tall and lush. They have survived temperatures from -5  to 109 degrees Fahrenheit, yet they flourish. In the spring the dogwoods bloom beginning with those at the top of the hill and working on down to the lower end of the streets.

As I thought about trees, my mind wandered to the words of Jeremiah 17:7, 8. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”

Drought Difficulties

I know people who have been through the drought of illness, of depression, of financial crisis, of marital difficulties. Some have amazingly stood strong, seeming undaunted by the problems they face. Their strength is evident as they give praise to God in everything, the victories and the setbacks. They have put their hope in God and they trust Him.

It seems so simple. Why not trust the One who created you, the One who watches over you, the One who wants to spend eternity with you? Why not decide that each day, or each minute will be lived depending on the strength provided by our loving God?

One way God provides is to send encouragement through those willing to let Him reach through them. A note, an email, a call, or a short visit can bring strength and encouragement.

Lord, I want to be like a tree planted by the water, a tree that provides shelter and blessing to your children who need it.

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