When I moved into my apartment I wanted new pictures to reflect this fresh start in my life. I found several that are daily reminders of the faith that sustains me:
The only spot I couldn’t seem to fill was over my bed, a simple frame with no headboard. I had a long empty wall to use as a canvas and I wanted an image that would impact my thoughts as I fell asleep.
I searched high and low, literally. I rummaged through dozens of stacks of pictures in every store I could think of with no success. I even resorted to Google although I didn’t really want to order one over the internet. Nothing caught my fancy.
At lunch one day I decided to visit Hobby Lobby for some greeting cards. I had previously browsed their picture aisles but decided another trek through that section couldn’t hurt. Suddenly I froze in my tracks and my eyes opened wide in amazement! How had I missed this?
One of my favorite images in scripture is of a tree planted by water with roots reaching deep into the soil. It’s such a refreshing picture of a life that is deeply rooted in faith in God.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
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.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV
This is now hanging on the wall behind my bed. The frame is barn wood and the tree is cut from metal that has been aged and has a well-worn patina to it. When I look at it I’m reminded of God’s words that promise if my roots go deep into Him, I need not fear. Like this metal, my body may be worn but my soul is safely rooted deep in Jesus Christ. No matter what my physical limitations may be I will continue to bear fruit as long as I trust God and allow Him to use me. My life is deeply rooted in faith in the One who nourishes my soul and that thought produces sweet dreams whether asleep or awake.
Remember, in times when you feel worn out, used up and discouraged, if your roots sink deep into the One who gives life, you’re not done yet. Draw on His nourishing Spirit and you will see a bountiful harvest of fruit.
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