A Tree planted by the water
Rain had been abundant in recent weeks, and the results were evident.
The soybeans and corn were shooting up dramatically.
“All of this rain must be a great relief to you,” the writer said.
The farmer replied, “My crops are especially vulnerable now.”
‘What do you mean?” the writer asked.
The farmer replied, “Even a short drought could have a devastating effect.”
“Why is that?” the writer asked.
The farmer explained, “When it rains so much, the plants are not required to push their roots deeper into the earth in search of water.
All of the roots remain near the surface.
If a drought hits and begins to dry out the earth, it also dries out those shallow roots. The plants then die quickly.”
He concluded, “A good plant needs deep roots that can withstand what happens above the ground.”
Choose to send down roots into what is truly eternal – reading the Bible, praising God and worshipping regularly with other believers.
Then when times of stress hit your life, a deeply rooted love of God will give you the power to endure.
If the roots are deep and strong, the tree needn’t worry about the wind.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord… He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; the leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7, 8.