Seasons come and seasons go. And with them comes thunder storms, wind, snow and hail. Even unexpected wild tornadoes and hurricanes can whip right through a town and demolish it. But then there are those heroic untouched houses and trees. How deep are the roots? How deep do your roots go into the Word of God, the love of God? Some are Sunday Christians, and fare weather Bible carriers. When all is going well, it's so easy to say Thank you Jesus. But when the hurricanes is approaching, are they running back and forth crying for help to all their friends? Do they buckle down and dig their feet in the ground and stand strong on God's real promises? Weather represents life's troubles and hard times. There will always be changes and tribulation as long as we are on this earth. But we can still grow fruit, the big luscious kind that holds lots of seeds. Because we are not dependent on any outside resources or weather. We are led by the Holy Spirit. We follow His ways and His leading. And He leads us to grow healthy, lasting fruit.
I think this is why the tree in Jeremiah has leaves that always green. It does not have the 4 earthly seasons like the other trees on earth. It follows a different kingdom, with different rules. It's leaf never withers, and it's branches are always prospering, always bearing fruit in it's season.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
I believe that the river is the living waters of the Holy Spirit. As we abide and stay closely connected to the Lord, by His Word, listening to His voice, continuing relationship and intimacy, we are constantly learning, growing, receiving nurturing from His life. For we are one. He in us, and we in Him. We will never even be concerned about drought, famine or tribulation. For we feed off the one who not only gave us life, and continues to pour into us the sap of His blood that covers us; but we feed off of the one who is LIFE, Jesus Christ our eternal King who is LORD of all the universe.