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Water the Trees

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord . . . for he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream and does not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit.  Jeremiah 17:7–8 NASB

water the treesWhen I was seven years old, we moved to a new house. While it was perfect in many ways, one deficiency was evident: no trees in the backyard. So, we went to Lowe's and picked out two young live oak trees. My mom, sister, and I decided the trees needed names, so we chose Luke and Lily. Dad dug two holes—one on the left side of the yard and one on the right. We stuck the trees in them, patted down the dirt, and gave the trees a good soaking.

At the end of a scorching stretch of days in the summer, we trooped out with a hose and watered them so they wouldn't dry out. Most of the grass was crunchy and brown, but Luke and Lily were green and growing, thanks to the water.

Our trust in God strengthens us, much like water strengthens a tree. When we trust God, we take steps forward and impact the world. But when we doubt God's abilities or promises, we have no stability, we're unsure, and our lives dry out.

Trust in God leads to a better life. Our complete confidence and dependence on Him allow us to stand firm in times of trouble. We know we'll be okay because we're in the Father's hands.

We can build trust by remembering what God has done for us in the past and reading promises in Scripture. Trust doesn't just happen, and God doesn't force it on us. Trusting God is our choice, but it’s the only thing that will keep us going.

Don’t let anything keep you from trusting God.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay and shameersrk.)

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Morgan Mitchell

Morgan Mitchell is a freelance writer and blogger who loves Jesus, reading, writing, and listening to music. She has been published by The Christian Journal, is an HSLDA essay finalist, is a member of Kingdom Pen, and blogs at morgan-books.com. When she isn’t jotting down a story idea or consuming a new book, she’s spending time with her family and friends, drinking coffee, or serving at her church.