He 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 17:8 (NIV)
I spent time with the gardener this weekend, analyzing and fixing the problem areas of the flowerpots and landscape. This appears to be an ongoing process. Drip systems are a definite challenge for me, especially since I never used them in California. The heat of Arizona demands a regular watering schedule but adding to the mix is the different types of plants and ground cover that grow well in the desert. It makes the drip system the most sensible choice but I have not yet figured out how to repair or redirect the water when I have a problem. Critters wander in and bite the tubing, plants decide to just up and die for no apparent reason, drip emitters clog up, and then there are the mysteries of the timer. But my biggest frustration is getting water to the edges of my pots so that all the new plants get a drink. I have replaced more bits of color in my pots because they have withered up in the heat. Hopefully, we have solved the problems and all is well—for now! This helps me understand why our LORD explains that we need to be like trees planted near the water. All my efforts to care for my little plant root systems and get them established in my pots are useless until I figure out the watering problem. The same holds true in my life. I want the water of the Holy Spirit to refresh my heart in those dry areas of my life—frustration, fatigue, or fear. I don’t want anxiety to squelch my fruitfulness or purpose. Remember to plant yourself near the water of the Word. Let your roots sink deep into the love and security of the Father who made you. I am looking forward to seeing you bloom and flourish!