“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 17:8 ESV)
A good friend inspired this post. I hope I can relay in words what is on my heart. A revelation that through God we can really make it through life’s trials. There are times in which we feel like we can’t make it. The heat is so severe, and it’s as if we are being scorched. It would seem the heat of the summer will never end, and if it doesn’t we’ll surely perish.
I believe I have prayed that prayer before, ” God if you don’t help me, I will surely die from this.” There have been times where I have felt I could’nt go any longer. The pain in my heart would override my thought process, where it was the only thing I could dwell on. There were times I would go to the church, and stay for hours crying and playing the piano to get some relief. Some shade from the heat of summer.
Just hoping that God had heard my prayers, and would deliver me from the season I was in. Maybe I had been praying the wrong prayers? Maybe I was being punished, and God wasn’t listening to me? Maybe if I had enough faith, He’d come save me? These were the questions that persistently went over in my mind.
But day after day it would remain the same. No answer, no relief, no sign of summer ending. Evangelists would come through my church preaching faith messages. I’d sit in the pew hoping that this time I’d walk out, things would change. But they didn’t.
I started to become bitter at my situation. Angry at God because it seemed He didn’t care. The enemy telling me God had forsaken me. It was as if I was going through a drought in my soul. One that I couldn’t find any water. But, I kept trying to reach out. I knew I had to fight for survival.
After many months. I obtained some mercy. I would hear God’s voice for just a moment say, ” I will strengthen you with my right hand.” Just one word from His mouth would flow and nourish that dry hard heart. It would help me to withstand the heat one more day.
I haven’t been able to understand why God wouldn’t bring this time to a close. Until I realized, I must go through this season of drought. It seemed like I wasn’t growing, and I was going to die. But like all things you must look under the surface. My roots are growing deep into the soil. They’re being forced to spread out tapping into a stream to survive. Once those roots are grounded and completely tapped into that water supply, the tree will always receive the nourishment it needs to withstand every season that comes it’s way. So when harsher seasons come like tornadoes, hurricanes, or blizzards that tree knows it can survive. All because it’s tapped into an endless water supply.
So Don’t despise this season you are in. It’s not because we have sinned. It’s a season of growth and maturity. You’ll still bear spiritual fruit, and be used by the Lord. So we must seek his face. This season won’t last forever. Like all seasons they must come to an end for a new one to come.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)
We as humans don’t gain knowledge when we are satisfied and complacent. When a human begins to get desperate to survive they’ll either search out for answers and endure. Or worst case, they’ll search for another water supply, because this one has dried up. You won’t find another supply, so don’t look. Stay where you are. Give your roots time.
Don’t quit now. Don’t get bitter at your situation. You must endure, learn, and grow from it! Become rooted and grounded in the Lord where nothing can shake your faith! He sees your tears, and has heard your heart’s cry. He knows exactly where your living today. When He thinks you’ve grown enough. He will bring forth a brand new season. In which, you will blossom. Love you all! God bless