They always say your car loses value the second you drive it off the lot. Cars aren’t the best analogy of eternal life because they just don’t last. Above our fireplace is a beautiful painting by a family friend in Somerset, Mrs. Cornelia Cooper. It depicts a tree with its roots digging into the Rockcastle River. The leaves are vibrant green; the roots are strong. This painting reminds me of what it looks like to be in relationship with God.
What is the result of living a life that is steeped in God’s Word? David gives us a beautiful picture here in Psalm 1: A tree, planted along a riverbank. Why is it significant for a tree to be planted along a riverbank? Because it has a direct connection to the source. It’s leaves stay fresh and vibrant, even during a drought.
Jesus describes himself as the living water. He is the source of life! As we abide in Him, like this tree, our lives will produce fruit no matter the circumstance. What does that look like? Peace in the storm of joblessness. Hope when confronted with despair. Joy in the mourning. Courage in a pandemic. A life that is connected to Jesus and rooted in His word is unshakeable, unbendable, and ever-producing.
Would you describe your spiritual life as a tree planted along a riverbank? If so, thank God for that! If not, what is missing in your life? Ask God to show you how to connect to the source.