I sit at my kitchen table and look at our backyard with patches of green and yellow grass. Our one tree rose is flush with crimson tinged flowers with orange/peach centers. Its colors are like a vibrant sunset.
Today, I am green and brown grass, but I long to be like the tree described by Jeremiah.
I keep reading Jeremiah 17: 7-8 because "Trust" is my 2013 word.
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v. 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose trust is the LORD,
v.8 For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will 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. - Jer. 17:7, 8 NASB
As I consider these verses, I realize the tree has proximity to water, and depth as evidenced by its roots extending into wet soil. My trust in God is revealed by my closeness to God.
Trusting God has been a gradual process for me.
In Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning writes:
"Clearly, growth in trust cannot be self initiated...
But there is one abundant source of trust to which we must return again and again. It flows from the barren rock of Golgotha at the feet of the crucified Christ. Contemplate the incomparable love of Jesus as he suffocates to death...
Jesus crucified...is the power and wisdom of God, his love capable of transforming our cowardly, distrustful hearts into hearts strong in the trust that they are loved.
We do not have to do anything, except let our unworthy, ungrateful selves be loved as we are. Trust happens! You will trust him to the degree that you know you are loved by him." p. 177-178.
Elsewhere, Brennan notes ruthless trust will trust God regardless of circumstances. I have known friends (in real life, and online) who exemplify ruthless trust as they face pain, suffering and loss. They inspire me.
Ruthless trust knows God doesn't promise we won't suffer, only that we will not suffer alone. He promises His presence now and forever when we trust Him.
Ruthless trust allows one to be grateful.
I am not finished reading Ruthless Trust, and I know it will a lifelong journey of growing in ruthless trust.
This tree needs to sink her roots deeper into the Living Water.
This tree knows deep roots take time.
This tree is soaking her roots in Jesus, the Living Water.
So very grateful. What grace.
What about you? What are your roots sinking into?
Thanks for being here.
P.S. I may be taking a week break from blogging to soak more in His presence. Not sure yet, but if you don't hear from me, you'll know why.
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