Hello summer! June is finally here, the sun is out and everything is in bloom! There’s such an optimism to sunny days and light evenings and right now its just wonderful, a sweet spot in life for sure. I have felt this month to write about a few things but feel that Psalm 1 is very appropriate for right now.
Psalm 1 verse 3 says “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Right now spring has brought a visual delight of flowers and trees coming into bloom, and the promise of the summer months will see more colour and fruits in the gardens. A tree needs sunshine, water and a good place to be planted to flourish, its basic needs. Then if looked after properly it will eventually produce fruit.
Now, what does the bible mean when it says “they are like trees planted along the riverbank bearing fruit each season”? I believe we are the trees and when we start out being a Christian it is a seed that becomes a baby tree, which eventually, if looked after will mature into a strong tree bearing fruit. It is our responsibility to water our “tree” and that comes from drawing from the well of “living water” which is Jesus. He satisfies our spiritual thirsts. “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from within them” John 7 37:39.
Our soil is where we are planted, where we can grow and stretch our roots. Roots take time to grow, even though you can’t see them or feel them, if you are growing in your relationship with God, and spending time with him they will be growing. We were made to be in relationship with Him. We were made to flourish. Our roots will grow deep as we lean into God with worship, prayer and time in the word. When the storms of life come you will be strong and so rooted in God.
The fruit that we will bear in each season takes time, for example I heard a phrase about patience once “its a bitter root but a sweet fruit”. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are what will come from the tree. Joy, peace, patience, self control, goodness, gentleness, love, faithfulness, kindness. When we take time to nurture our relationship with God so much fruit will be produced that we will be a blessing to others and be able to bless others. We will mature from that baby tree and be producing acorns of our own soon enough. We will produce fruit in each season, and our leaves will never wither and we will prosper because we have put God first in our lives. His rightful place.
Bloom where you are planted is a popular saying, but I believe it is a word for now as we’ve never spent so much time in one place. So much time in our home, and our home is where we are planted right now. So now more than ever it is time to water our “tree”, cultivate our relationship with God and bloom where we are planted and see that fruit grow and to bless others with that fruit.
Right now more than ever it is time to show people love and the love of God. And we can do that from our homes with the people we live with and afar. Let’s start flourishing.
Jeremiah 17 Verse 8 “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit”
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