Thriving

tree-in-desert

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does he prospers.”
Psalm 1:3

Pause for a moment & think back to a time in life when you really felt as though you were thriving.
This verse in Psalm totally wrecked that idea for me,
but taught me so much about the Lord’s faithfulness.

The two similes in verses 3 & 4 of chapter 1 are based on agriculture,
which I admittedly know nothing about.
I do know, however, know that when I think of thriving trees I envision lots of green & gardens.
Yet, verse 3 is actually describing a tree in a dry climate.
Nonetheless, this tree is able to thrive because of its continuous water supply.

I use to think of life in this way too.
Sometimes, you find yourself in a suitable climate for flourishing & success.
Things are going as planned & all is well in your world.

Eventually though, something will change.
That fertile ground & peaceful season will become dry,
maybe even dark, confusing, hopeless, or uncertain.
Life often becomes more of a survival mode here,
& if you are like me you wouldn’t naturally expect to thrive here.

But this isn’t the way the Lord operates,
nor does He want us to live this way.
The beauty of finding our fulfillment, hope, & satisfaction in Christ
is that regardless of where you are today,
you can thrive.

You are connected to a constant source of anything & everything you’ll ever need.
The Lord will not allow you to wither or be void of hope.
Not only this, but His word promises you will prosper.
I have learned this week that you can take Him to the bank on that one.

Trust that you can thrive because
“God will supply every need of yours”
(Philippians 4:19)
& that “the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting”
(Psalm 103:17).