Walking along the dirt trail, I know I must be careful of roots and rocks making their way through the worn-down path. It was a nature trail that many had walked before. In the distance, I could hear the water rippling across rocks and trees. I don't know about you, but hearing water like this always makes me thirsty.
As we got closer, I saw something that immediately put scripture into context.
"They 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
A tree does not need to fear when connected to the stream. When its roots run deep, it trusts that the rain will come and is as close to the source as it can get when the riverbed dries up. I've come out of a season where I feel like the riverbed has been dry. I see rain in the distance and hear drops hitting the leaves. I knew the river would run again, but I didn't know when. I knew I would start seeing myself come alive again after feeling so beat up for a season, but I didn't know how. When I realized that striving and unrealistic expectations were pulling me apart, I made changes. I wasn't making time for what mattered most. What changes do you need to make you more connected to our primary source?
Need a place to start? Read John! Spending time in scripture is a great place to start.
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