A Planting of the Lord

weeping willows over canal
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“His delight is in the law of the Lord . . . He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1:2-3).

This verse reminds me of a park I used to visit as a child when visiting my grandparents during the summer. A stream flowed through the park, and along its banks were many weeping willow trees draped over the water. Everything seemed green and alive. Those were healthy, happy days, filled with the abilities to run and wade and swim and walk for hours.

If I am delighting in God’s Word by meditating on it and believing it, I will be like those trees. Chronic health problems dry me out physically and spiritually. God’s Word is the stream that keeps me going from day to day, pouring life in to me as I absorb it and obey it. His Word brings peace when in turmoil, courage when afraid, wisdom when searching, protection when attacked, and victory when struggling.

If I stay rooted in the Word, I will yield fruit and not wither. As I evaluate my life, I realize this truth. In my healthier adult years, I yielded different fruit than I do today. I was actively involved with a job and church ministries, as well as raising a family. My life is different now, yet that does not mean that I can no longer bear fruit. I do more praying for and encouraging others than physically helping them, but the Lord knows what these offerings may be accomplishing in His divine plan.

I will never be that care-free, healthy child or physically active adult again on this earth. Yet living the Christian life continually brings me to new seasons of growth in my relationship with God and my service to Him, regardless of my physical condition. Praise His name that although my seasons and health change, He does not.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, just as I received You as Lord, let me continue to live in You, rooted and built up in You. I praise You for your strength and faithfulness to me in all seasons of life. Amen.

About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at spindler@cox.net and view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.

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2 thoughts on “A Planting of the Lord

  1. Bronlynn,
    Your devotional reminds of a song from when I was a Sunday School teacher many healthy years ago.
    The chorus is ‘Just like a tree that’s planted by the water, I will not be moved’.
    Thanks for the reminder that even though we are not what we once were we can still be prosperous for the Lord.

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