Planted By the River

Waking with the heaviness of what was ahead of us on this day, I headed to my Quiet Place to prepare my heart for the waiting, the giving over of my husband to the surgeon’s hands, and once again giving my path to my sovereign God.  This was the day for the parson’s eye surgery and I had dreaded it.

Turning to my Bible reading schedule, I found myself in Jeremiah 17:7,8.  It reads,

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
It was no accident that those verses were a part of my reading on this day.  Even before my heart could get worried in this “drought,” the Lord reminded me that I could be planted by a river so that I might have green leaves and also bear fruit instead. 
So that I would remember this verse through the day, I snapped a picture of that page of my Bible with my phone’s camera, then set it as my home screen picture.  Each time I looked at my phone during the day, I saw those verses.  I was reminded that I could be planted by the river and bear fruit. It was my choice. How does that happen?
  1. It comes from taking in the Word of God; of renewing my mind in His truth, then obeying it.  It is here that I exchange my fleshly thinking for His Life giving Word – the Living Water.  All through the day, I needed to remind myself of what was true instead of the “what-if’s.”
  2. When I look for others with whom we can share my faith, I am bearing fruit.  When someone asked how I was doing, I had to acknowledge that I knew the Lord was good, and I was resting in Him.  Giving testimony of God’s provision and faithfulness is another way to bear fruit.  Sharing tracts with folks in the surgery center and others in the community that ask how he’s doing gives other opportunities for fruit bearing.
  3. It is my duty to trust in the Lord. (Verse 7a)  When fear strikes my heart, or sorrow overwhelms me, I must trust in the Lord.  That means to run to Him; give Him my burden.  I must cry to Him before I call others. Having seasons of prayer has been like the soaking rain in a drought; it’s refreshing, it’s calming, it’s welcoming.
I arose from my Quiet Time with a refreshed spirit and a calm heart.  My God knew what I needed and provided before I even noticed the heat of the drought.  Now I’m praying for fruit to be produced in the days and months ahead.  Oh, Lord, may it not cease.
What drought are you experiencing today?  Are you “planted by the river?”  Soak up the Living Water.  Share it with others and watch the fruit that comes.  It will give a new perspective of your trial!
With love,

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