like a tree

As a child I grew up on a sheep farm in the south of New Zealand. Across the road from our house there was a giant tree that I regularly climbed. It was my getaway place, where I would nestle high up on the wide sturdy branches and spend hours enjoying being above the world and away from everyone and everything else. I could see for miles from my vantage point and regardless of the weather my tree remained strong and stable, firmly rooted in the soil.

There is passage in the bible that describes a person who is blessed. “He is like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)

The secret to being like that strong tree, which has an abundant water supply, yields it’s fruit in season, doesn’t wither, and prospers in all it does is found at the beginning of Psalm 1.

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalm 1: 1-3)

Most of us are busy looking for the fruit of our labours; to see results and for our life to have some meaning and purpose. The good news is that God actually promises that we will produce “fruit”, and see results and the product of our life’s journey in its appropriate season. God’s given us the manual to be like the solid, sturdy fruitful tree from my childhood. It’s in walking with Him and meditating on His word every day and in being mindful of who is influencing and speaking into our lives. He wants us to be like strong fruitful trees, not windblown chaff!

Today, take the time to take hold of God’s words to you found in the bible. Think about, and consider them throughout the day. Choose well who and what you are allowing to speak into your life so that you will be fruitful and prosperous in all you do.

Prayer: Lord I want to know and understand you and your word more. Please help and remind me to do that today so that I will grow to be strong and stable in all my ways. In Jesus Name Amen.