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The Lord Will be Their Trust
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord; the Lord will be their trust. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream; It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green. In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still produces fruit.” I have always loved this image of the tree by the desert stream. We see it in several places in the scriptures. It is such a powerful and perfect metaphor for a life of faith and trust. When we read the Scriptures we know that the area that the events of the Old and the New Testaments took place in is, for the most part, desert and very dry country. Water is a necessity and, therefore, a precious commodity. We also know that water is the most basic and absolute necessity for life. We also know that the desert is a metaphor for sin and death. Sin desiccates our souls, just as the lack of water will dry up a plant until it dies. Knowing these things, we see how “planting” ourselves near the stream of God’s love and mercy, we are like that tree that is planted by the water’s edge in this beautiful, prayerful metaphor that Jeremiah uses here. We too are able to “stretch out our roots” to the “stream” of God’s love and mercy. In doing so, when the heat and passions of temptations come, we will have the grace to avoid them, and the leaves of our faith will stay green and healthy. We will not succumb to those temptations. When times of drought, (which can be compared to doubt) come (and they do), even the roots of our…