Drought Resistant

Jeremiah 17:7-8
 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8     He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
       and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
       and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Becoming resilient doesn’t happen overnight. Getting back up after you’ve taken a hard fall isn’t a matter of just having a strong will. Sometimes, getting back up is not possible because your legs are broken, and you do not have the physical capacity to stand. Telling someone with broken legs to “get back up” or “toughen up” is not motivating or inspiring, but the exact opposite. Life is hard at times, and in the worst seasons of life it feels as if we are stranded in a desert without any water.  Telling someone dying of thirst, to "be strong!" isn't going to help them. So, what do we do when we find ourselves stranded in a desert without any water? We must cry out to the one who is able to make it rain.  
            Becoming more resilient during times of drought has nothing to do with how tough we are, and everything to do with who we put our trust in. There are times in our lives in which we place our trust in people. This can be precarious, as people are prone to failing us and are sometimes unable to actually give us help in times of drought. People sometimes make promises that they are simply unable to follow through and keep. Sometimes in life we place our trust in our possessions and money, but what happens when we are in times of drought and scarcity? If our salvation is solved with how much we had, then it creates a new anxiety of always making sure that we have enough in our possession. And yet, there are problems of life that are not solved by money or possessions. Believe it or not, life can still be difficult and filled with anxiety even for people with the most money and the best possessions.
            Becoming more resilient is about becoming a tree planted by living water. We must be a tree that is planted by the Word of God, nourished by the Word even during times of drought. The way in which we survive the various seasons of life is by being having deep roots in the Lord. The way in which we battle during dry spells is by knowing that our lives are in the hands of God, and not in the hands of our circumstances. How do we grow our roots in the Lord? We trust in Him more each and every day. And how do we trust in the Lord? We submit unto His Word. We follow His Word. We become more and more like His Word.
            We become more resilient the more we recognize that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and that His living water will continue to nourish us even when we experience a great drought.

1 Comment

Louisa Benitez - November 11th, 2022 at 8:23pm

Good stuff…very pertinent to my fractured foot! (And much else when we have to remind ourselves to trust in Him, regardless of whatever we are going through.




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