“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.“For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,That spreads out its roots by the river; And will not fear the heat when it comes; But its leaves will be green and moist. And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought Nor stop bearing fruit.”Jeremiah 17:7-8 AMP
We planted some plants by our front door not too long ago and for the longest, they didn’t look like they would make it. Everything looked so dry and brown. However, to our delight, after a couple days of rain, the plants revived and we woke up one morning to sprout brightly colored flowers. It seems it was just waiting for rain.
Don’t we also long for rain too? Water to nourish and strengthen us as we get up each day? I know I do. There are days when I feel like I’m dragging myself along and wishing for time to slow down just a bit for me to catch my breath.
Ladies, I believe these verses give us the secret to becoming well watered women, women who thrive in the middle of a drought. Women who are strategic about where they put their roots down.
If we look at verse 5, it really helps to paint an even clearer picture. Many times in the Bible, God will show us both sides of the coin: If you do this, this is what will happen. If you don’t, this is what will happen…
Verse 5 and 6 reveals what happens when we try to do things in our own strength, when we choose to put our trust in man rather than in God. I think of the many times I’ve put more trust in man than God. Relied on the promise of men and felt the sting of disappointment that followed. How easy it is to pick up the phone and call a friend to vent rather than bring it to the Lord in prayer. So many things that can cause my heart to drift into those dry and solitary places.
Today I choose to spread out my roots. I want to be a well-watered woman who believes, trusts, and relies on God so that I can thrive, and bear fruit even in the midst of difficulties. My hope and confident expectation is in the Lord, no one else.