How To Become Like A Tree Planted By The Water
Being planted by streams
Now, what’s this about being a tree planted by a stream of water? What does it mean? What’s its significance?
Well, water is an essential element for the different processes that fuel the growth of trees (and plants in general). So, for example, with photosynthesis, when the rain falls onto the soil, water enters through the tree’s roots.
Nutrients travel with water up through the inner bark’s xylem (tissue). These traveling nutrients then feed the tree through the process of leaf photosynthesis – converting light energy from the sun into chemical energy that’s then released to fuel growth.
Okay, science lesson over.
So, if a tree can get its water from the rain, why is being planted by a stream such a big deal?
Think about this – in a season of drought, trees no longer receive water from rainfall because, well, there’s no rain. In these conditions, the soil becomes dry and the tree’s roots can’t draw water molecules from the soil. This results in leaved wilting and drooping, colour changes and stunted growth.
Okay, I lied to you before – the science lesson really ends here.
What it looks like to bear fruit
Now, if a tree is planted by a stream flowing with water, it doesn’t rely on rainfall to receive the water it needs for energy and growth. It has a constant supply of water, regardless of the weather conditions.
I believe this is the point made in Psalm 1:1-3 and Jeremiah 17:7-8. When we consistently choose to trust in Jesus, follow Him and stay in His Word, we receive a continual source of living water to fuel our growth. Holy Spirit is more active than ever, working in us and through us to produce fruit – no matter the season.
We could be walking through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23) or in a season of promises fulfilled (Psalm 13:12) and we will still bear fruit.
That fruit isn’t always externally evident but can be seen in the Spirit. That fruit could be operating in the gifts of the Spirit in a greater capacity or growing in our demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit. Whatever it is, it’s pleasing to God and it matters from an eternal perspective.
It matters now and it matters in the life to come.
So, the next time you’re tempted to measure your “success” by the visible and tangible in your life, I encourage you to meditate on these scriptures to renew your mind and align with God’s thoughts. Because His version of success lies in the ability to bear fruit that will outlast a lifetime.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Think about it
Are there any areas of your life for which you believe God wants you trust Him, follow Him or seek His Word more? How have you seen God’s blessings in certain areas where you have planted deeper in Him?
Pray about it
Ask Jesus to reveal to you specific ways you can plant deeper in Him.
Written by Oyelola
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