For the one praying, hoping, or anticipating 2022 will be a year of growth, change, or fruitfulness: may I encourage you to consider where you are planted?
“Oh the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank (by streams of water), bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
Planted [verb] – to place in the ground to grow; to place or fix in a certain position
The tree planted by streams of water will have a constant supply of the source of its life. It was placed in a purposeful position.
So it is with the one who delights in the Word, purposefully meditating upon it and abiding in the One who was the Word made flesh.
And it is through this vital, never-ending supply and connection to Life Himself that we find our true life, our best life, and where our God-intended life truly begins and is sustained. A life of growth. One of fruitfulness. One that flourishes. Not simply outwardly for the world to see, but more importantly inwardly, at times known only between God and daughter.
Yes, friends, where you are planted matters.
Perhaps there is no better question to consider as we approach a new year, with new possibilities, than to ask where we are planted and to make the words of F.B. Meyer our prayer:
“…learn to to feed on God. Withdraw your rootlets from men and things, and let them travel to the river of God, which is full of water. Close other doors, and open those that lead out on to the terrace, whence you may behold the far-spread landscape of what He is, and says, and is willing to be to us all.”
God bless you, friends,