This week, I have the honor of having one of my articles published on the Joyful Life Magazine's blog! 🎉 In lieu of a regular blog post, I'm sharing the first few paragraphs of my article, and you can read the rest by following the link below.
If you are in a dry season, or if you just want to put your roots down deeper into God’s vast wisdom, strength, and love, this article is for you. I hope you find it encouraging! ❤️
Planted by Water: Going Deeper in a Dry Season
My soul was thirsty, dry, and weak. I felt like I’d been put through a wringer and every last molecule of moisture had been wicked away.
For years I struggled with a chronic condition, and for years I ached for a breakthrough. After yet another disappointment, I was weary from the effort, the wondering, and the waiting. Resignation offered itself as relief from my toil; laying down and admitting defeat seemed like the easiest thing to do.
Like King David did when he was desperate in the desert (Psalm 63:1), I poured out my confusion, pain, and sorrow: “O God! Where are you? My heart and body yearn for your healing touch.” My pleading need and fretful questions tumbled out like laundry from a hamper. Then the words of Jeremiah streamed across my mind: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7, NIV).
How I long to be that well-watered and fearless tree! I long to rest in God’s provision and promises and to be fruitful in my relationship with Him. In that moment of reflection, these quiet words stirred my soul: Go deeper. Send your roots down to the living water that will sustain your soul in this time of waiting. Stretch your roots out to Me, the One who quenches your thirst and satisfies your soul.
I pondered God’s invitation. I knew that learning to more deeply abide in Christ was the only viable option. But how? How exactly do I go deeper? I decided to look more closely at Jeremiah’s confident tree for clues…
With love and affection,
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