Firmly rooted outside my office window is a beautiful green, twenty-year old Ash tree, in desperate need of its deep biennial trimming.
That won’t happen for a few months. This beautiful tree creates much needed shade in the late afternoon as the sun wanes westward in its decent, but doesn’t relent of its heat.
Most days, I can’t wait to have it cut, simply because it blocks my view beyond its greenness. Today, however, I am reminded of Jeremiah 17:7-8.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
“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.
While this Ash tree does not bear fruit, its roots reach deep into the ground, firmly anchoring it in place. It apparently is also drought resistant. It remains healthy, sturdy, and green despite the little rain we had last winter.
As you look out your window, do you see the beauty of God in His creation for your enjoyment, or do you simply see a view that is blocked?
What if we change our perspective? Instead of seeing blocked, our view becomes an invitation. God’s invitation to root ourselves more deeply in Him. Allowing Him to gently trim and generously feed and nourish us.
We are watered by the truth of His word. We ought not fear the heat of trials and struggles. As we remain anchored to Jesus, He promises, even in a year(s) of drought, we will continue to flourish and grow. He will never fail to be seen in our life. Like rays of the morning sun, He creates opportunities for us to allow His light to shine, gently touching the lives of others.
What’s out your window?
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