Rubena Poole, a mentor in my life, often reminded me to face challenges by refusing to give up, strategizing how to move forward, choosing to trust God, grateful for knowing there’s more to the story when things get tough. She gave me Jeremiah’s words, encouraging me to live by them:
“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
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 17:7-8 (Today’s New International Version).
Jeremiah makes it clear that the reality of what matters comes from God, who sustains us, keeping us “green” in the seasons of drought. Yet. If, we’re not careful, we may be overwhelmed, desperate for an instant cure, wondering when we’ll find relief, missing the life-giving power erupting from the hand of God. But. Regardless of our faith, the reality of the presence of God is not fully appreciated. That’s why, at the center of our life, we need to develop gratefulness for what God has done, is doing, and will do. We must never allow circumstances to blind us to the reality of God as the giver of life. While seasons of drought may take all hope out of us, seeming like an ending to all that’s good, we’re given insight that we not only able to sustain life in the midst of it all, but to be productive, bearing fruit in the most difficult times. It’s what gives us hope in the midst of the hopelessness of the world and reason to give thanks on a daily basis.
No one is immune to experiencing a drought in life. While we might not realize it at the time, the drought will either make us stronger or weaker. It’s the place we must decide if the story of God is a myth or a miracle. And. If, we trust, putting our confidence in God rather than in our circumstances, we will experience the reality of what it means to not only sustain life but be productive in the midst of it all.
- Take time today to give thanks for the miracle of God’s life-sustaining power to keep green and productive in times of drought.
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(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)