Bearing fruit during times of drought requires deep faith, deep roots, deep confidence in God’s path for us being bigger than the path we will carve out for ourselves without him.
I love Jeremiah 17:7-8 in relation to the importance of growing the roots of our faith deeply …
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 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, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
As we remain in this time of confusion and more than that, real, known, and recently revealed effects of isolation from one another, I’ve decided to picture myself (and those I love) as beautiful trees, whose roots are reaching deeper with each passing day as they search for stability and nourishment; whose branches stretch longer and more beautifully with each new challenge; and whose leaves blossom and open to absorb the light and reflect our potential and God’s strength to carry us through any drought.
Please stay well! I encourage you to stretch yourself into the image God has made for you!
Jude Mitchell, church lady