Monday, March 21, 2011

Surviving the Drought

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
         And whose trust is the LORD. 
    "For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
         That extends its roots by a stream
         And will not fear when the heat comes;
         But its leaves will be green,
         And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
         Nor cease to yield fruit."
Jeremiah 17:7-8

I have lived through droughts, where trees deprived of water become dry and brittle; their branches no longer covered with green leaves or fruit. Some trees do manage to survive until the rains come again, but the damage from lack of moisture to their roots is so great, it takes years for them to fully recover. Even then, the damage is still noticeable. But the trees that grow next to streams and rivers remain strong and green. Their roots go down deep to drink of the life-giving water. And so it is with the person who faces the drought of life's trials. Those far from Christ must try to draw their strength from other people, or things. Some don't survive. Others do, but their lives reflect the damage done by going it alone. They are bitter, angry people. Years after the drought, they are still hurting. How much better the life of the person who is rooted in Christ, who puts his trust in the Lord. Those who have planted themselves next to the Living Water will draw strength from Him. Not only will they survive the worst of times, but their testimonies will bear fruit.  The fruit of glory to God. 

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