Sunday Scriptures — Like Trees Growing Beside the Water

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Creation amazes me. Nature amazes me. The handiwork of our Creator God amazes me. Look up into the heavens. Listen to a bird sing. Watch a sunrise or sunset. Smell a fragrant flower. Taste a luscious berry. Wiggle your fingers through the deep fibers of sheep fleece. Amazing.

Driving through the plains of Central United States also fascinates me. While Pilot drives, I scan the landscape. Every time I spot a tree with green leaves I point it out. Then I look closely and make the same observation…the tree is growing near a water source. It’s probably the same trees each time we make our trips northwestward, nonetheless, I take notice.

A tree growing beside the water does not dry up no matter how harsh the conditions around it. That tree will be fruitful while others shrivel and die. It need never worry about a lack of rain, because its roots reach deep to the water source.

Can the same be said of us?

Have we planted ourselves beside the true Living Water, Jesus Christ? Do our roots grow deep through the daily study of God’s Holy Scriptures to know him and to be known by him? Are we confident he will provide for all our needs and do not fear when times of pain, sorrow, or drought arrive? Do others notice our green leaves and comment on them each time they encounter us?

If trees can do that, why not us?

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But I will bless those who trust me.
They will be like trees growing beside a stream—
trees with roots that reach down to the water,
and with leaves that are always green.
They bear fruit every year and are never worried
by a lack of rain. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (CEV)

I wish you well.


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