“They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither.” -Psalm 1:3
Dear Saints, These days, it is easy to feel dried up. Some might feel like a withered or fruitless tree. Energy and hope may be hard to come by, much less inspiration, creativity or motivation. We are in what feels like a drought, where growth and vitality are scarce.
Psalm 1 says that those who walk in the ways of the Lord are “like trees planted by streams of water.” Their fruit is plentiful and their leaves are verdant. That image – trees drinking from the rich, moist soil by a babbling brook – is like a balm for the soul. We should remember, however, that these types of oases were rare in the Holy Land. The climate of the Psalmist’s homeland was, for the most part, arid.
So this image is one of hope. It suggests that a rich and fruitful life is possible – even if when all one sees as they look around is dry, rocky soil. That rich and fruitful life, the life of growth and spiritual refreshment, can be found in God, no matter what kind of desert we may find ourselves in. No matter what the world around us tells us about the possibility of hope, it is present in life with God. No matter how bleak a picture the world paints for us, the picture of life deeply rooted in God’s Word is always at hand.
This season, as the days grow shorter and the prospect of hope grows dimmer, remember that your roots run deep in Christ. Through him, you are always connected to God’s eternal spring of life. Through your baptism, living water courses through you. No matter how arid your surroundings, you will flourish where you have been planted.