Be Still Know
Psalm 1:3a (NLT)
‘They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.’
Having moved from the noise of the urban jungle to the song filled hedgerows of the countryside, I have discovered so much that I never saw, and never missed, inside my urban landscape. The very first autumn following our rural move, I became aware of the space of the sky above me and the vast range of trees and the multitude of colours displayed in their leafy canopy as summer waned.
From my own garden I discovered that we had a couple of willow trees doing very well because there was plenty of moisture. I learnt that plants require certain conditions to grow strong, to flourish and to endure.
The Psalmist describes the blessed person as like a tree planted close to the water. Self-evidently such a tree is never going to struggle for nourishment. For whatever the climatic conditions, it enjoys a consistent source of food. Similarly, we need to recognise that Christ is the Living Water from whom we must constantly drink. When distracted we lose focus and may be unwittingly drawn away from the source of our life, the Spirit of God.
I confess to both being easily distracted and directing my focus elsewhere. No wonder I sometimes wake up in a desert unable to draw nourishment from my God. Is it so strange that if I choose to plant myself in barren soil that my growth is impeded and my survival rate reduced? It is only as I choose to locate myself in the presence of God that I am enabled to grow deeper, grow taller and grow stronger.
This is the primary purpose for taking time to Be Still and Know. God is our life source, yet there are so many false alternatives on offer. Staying close to God doesn’t guarantee a trouble free life or a secure existence from a human point of view. But it’s our responsibility to plant ourselves in close proximity to that flow of Living Water.
QUESTION: Is your walk with God currently rich or barren?
PRAYER: Living Lord, root me in the truth of your Gospel, centre my life on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.