Looking up

March 25, 2009

Hope your week is better. Hope things are looking up.

After the carnage of the last couple of weeks, I’ve been getting these sweet messages from dear friends at the beginning of the week. I am no longer naïve enough to believe that things will improve (even though they have slightly). And yet, I’m relatively calm and happy with a deep sense that whatever happens, things will be okay.

Crisis has the potential to bring out the best or the worst in a person. I had a thought this morning that any common plant can grow in fertile soil. It is easy to grow when the sun is shining, there is rain and times are good. The challenge is to flourish in the harshest and most unforgiving of environments. In the scorching heat and parched soil. It made me think about this passage –

7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Maybe that’s what God is trying to say to me this year. Not saying. Showing. In the midst of difficult circumstances, there is no need to fear. The roots are still well-watered. The leaves are still green. There is still fruit. I like that. Not anxious in the year of drought. Indeed, not anxious in years of drought. Not any common plant but built for the harshest of environments.

What an interesting idea!  Not needing things to look up.  It’d be nice but not necessary.


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