They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:3
After spending one summer in our home, our lawn grass at our frontage has began to dry. We thought this won’t happen for we even contracted a professional lawn caretaker to fertilize the grass. The contractor gave me a list of various chemicals he was about to pour in the coming months. Did he overdo our lawn? I diligently mowed the grass each week or after two weeks if I am lazy. Did I cut too low for the grass to lay forever? Our neighbors have trees all around their houses to shade their lawns while ours was exposed to the beaming sunlight. Did the lack of shade of trees cause the untimely death of the green? I watered from time to time but not as we should have. Did the deficiency in water depress the lawn? So what’s the reason for the lawn to turn brown from green? My wonderful wife knows the answer – we failed to water. We were unfaithful to sprinkle water on the grass that they died.
The psalmist inscribed we are like trees rooted near waters of streams. The watering continues on and on and on. It never ends. The supply of water which refreshes the obedient will by no means run out. The irrigations of the earth will dry and produce cracks on soil yet God sends his living water in us for us to yield fruits in due season. We may never bear fruit each day, yet his river will continue to flow towards us to make sure we will produce at the right time and at the right place. If you think you will burn out and turn brown about to wither, think again. His streams of water will be more than enough to sustain our green, to keep us fresh and to give us moist. We will prosper not because of we know what to do or we have the skills to do so but we will thrive for a great harvest just like a tree with a non-stop delivery of water.
All these things may not be possible when we uproot ourselves from where we stand near his streams of water. When we take our own course, and say “I don’t need the water anymore.” or “I can live without water.” or “I will remain fresh or will yield fruits even not near the streams.” or “I can just use fertilizer on myself.” or “I will just prune myself.” Like our lawn grass, given some time, you will turn brown.
God is faithful in watering his people. Let’s receive his grace and his love. His mercy, let’s welcome it in our hearts. Keep standing before him. He will never turn off the faucet.