water, water, life

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The picture above is a beautiful example of growing where there is life-giving water.

“But 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” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

When my sons were little we had a pool in our backyard. Every day that didn’t have snow on the ground, they wanted to be in the water. I am not a water person, I like to look at it, but I do not enjoy swimming. However, as Mom, I found myself in the pool most days to allow the boys time in the water.

A few years after we moved from that house I came across the verse above. I thought of my sons’ desire to be in the water and feel the pressure of the water as it held them up. To splash and be refreshed during the warm summer days. These are the same qualities I seek from walking with God. I long to be held up and be refreshed by His Spirit.

This lost world is much like a desert, dry, without hope, without refreshment. With God, we can find a never ending supply of life-giving water (John 7:38) if we are willing to put down our roots into the stream. What would that look like for you, O Best Beloved?

Does putting down your roots mean being consistent with attending church so you get an on-going meal of God’s word? Does that mean becoming involved in a Bible study? Or being a part of a service group, working in the community? Does that mean focusing on the spiritual growth within your home? What kind of fruit would you bear if your daily activities included growing your roots deeper with purpose?

We may be the last generation to introduce the world to Jesus before we all stand before Him (Philippians 2:9-11). I pray we will use our time wisely, seeking to grow in Him so we can encourage others to seek Him.  My heart, Dear One, is for us to seek God and let the fruit of our growth bless others.

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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