“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 17:8
Challenges come every day. I find the older I get and the older my kiddos get, the more frequently challenges visit. I get challenged with patience, controlling my temper, being committed to doing things I am not the biggest fan of, not watching movies that people say are great but I know in my heart they are just trash and trying to live a life free of fear. This morning alone, I think I had five challenging situations before 7am.
I am currently revisiting the book of Ruth in a wake-up-early-morning kind of Bible study and although I do not have to hit my snooze button 10 times (not even one time) before I crawl out of bed, I am still not a fan of early mornings. For the record, I am also not a coffee drinker either so getting up early and staying awake and open-minded while I try to focus on study this early is all due to the energy God gives me; not falsely produced stuff.
This verse was in my reading this morning and it was just a great reminder about how stuff happens but how we react to them defines us as a person. There have been numerous occasions where I have reacted, out of instinct, like a Parana willing to tear apart every aspect of a person’s being because of something they have said, done or thought. It is just not the person I want to be but in those times my soul feels weak and I, unintentionally, let Satan seduce my thoughts.
A few verses early it states, “cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives” Jeremiah 17:5-6.
I don’t want to dwell in the salt land.
I feel I am there when I let Satan invade my emotions. I want to dwell near the water, never fearing of drought and always bearing fruit. So although challenges come every day, I will choose to stretch towards the water and not fear the blistering sun because the Son of God gives me life and I want to display that fruit.
His water can bring any dried up leaf back to life, all you need to do is ask for “His drink”!