by Nancy Kay Grace
Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord…That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
A friend of ours planted a small peach tree in our backyard, a gift to encourage us after a time an intense time of loss from the passing of our parents. We enjoyed the view from kitchen window, watching birds flutter in its branches.
Every year, the tree blossomed. Light pink flowers covered every branch. We anticipated fruit as it matured.
However, that never happened.
The tree blossomed in the early spring, only to be caught in a late-winter freeze. Overnight, the flowers dropped to the ground. When the weather warmed, a few more blossoms popped out on the tips of the branches. The fruit was small, and ended up being eaten by birds and squirrels. This happened every spring.
We cared for the tree, spraying it against blight every spring and trimming any damaged branches.
One spring, a series of heavy rainstorms saturated our area. Straight-line winds pushed the medium-sized peach tree over, so much that the full, leafy branches bent toward the ground, almost lying on the soggy grass. Was the tree dead? We wondered if the tree would survive.
When we looked at the base of the trunk, the root system was exposed above dirt, but not broken. With the help of friends, my husband pushed the tree back in place, staking it up to once again become straight. Soil was added to the base of the tree for extra support.
The peach tree continued growing because the taproot went deep into the soil. It was vulnerable to the changeable weather but survived each storm. Although it didn’t bear peaches, the tree had a different kind of fruit—protection for birds and shade in the summer, and our enjoyment in watching the birds.
Deep roots allowed the tree to stand, even when it looked like it would not survive the harsh winds.
Psalm 1:1-3 NIV expresses Christian growth this way: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”
Although the peach tree wasn’t planted by water, its roots grew deep to an underground water source. As believers, we need to send our roots deep into the soil of God’s Word. We gain spiritual stability for the storms that come our way. When reading the encouraging words of the Bible, hope is restored. Our souls are nourished from the Word, so we can grow and bear fruit for the Lord, showing His love to those around us.
May the Lord be your nourishment and stability as you send spiritual roots deep into His Word.
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About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is thankful for the gift of time. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God’s grace in our lives.
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