Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Tree

I was on retreat the early part of the week. I love being away in retreat. It is always good to get away in order to be with God. Silence and solitude is so needed in my life so that I can listen to Him.
One morning I was walking by a stream, I love being by streams. God speaks loudly to me through them, and this time was no different—God didn’t disappoint.
I came across a sycamore tree. The tree grows right next to the stream, so I’m sure it didn’t have any problems getting water.
As I observed the tree, a yearning came from within. Lord, I want to be like that tree. I want to be the person the Psalmist talks about in Psalm 1:2-3.
His delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
I want to be a tree that is rooted to the living water. I want to be that tree who is always being filled by God’s Spirit. I want God’s fullness and I want it now!
The Psalmist gives me the key to being like this tree—delight in His Word. I am to immerse myself in it all the time. If I do this, I will always place myself right next to the stream of living water. I will be available to not only listen to Him, but to go where he leads me.
O Lord, I want to be like that tree.

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