I had a sprinkler system throughout most of my yard that kept my plants and flowers fresh and green all through the summer. After an unusual drought-like season I saw the impact of keeping my flowerbeds and gardens well-watered: several evergreen bushes and trees that were outside the sprinkler zone turned brown and died. They stood in stark contrast to the trees that survived and caused me to contemplate how important it is for followers of Christ to stay close to the Source of Living Water.
Jesus said if we believe in Him we will receive “a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” Drought will come and test our faith. Days of dryness will parch our resolve, causing us to doubt God’s goodness and faithfulness. The difference between the believer and the non-believer is how we fare during times of drought and heat. God promises we can come through these harsh trials because He is faithful to sustain us.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
If you have trusted God as your source of life, you need not fear the heat or lack of rain. You have the eternal promise that God will be your source of refreshment and strength. Sink your roots deeper into Christ and plant yourself within the reach of God’s protection. Safe and sustained, like the trees within the sprinkler zone, you will survive.
Calling on the Master Gardener: Lord, thank You for the Living Water that keeps me refreshed and gives me life. I want to sink my roots deeper in You so that I can stand in times of drought and not fear the heat or instability of my surroundings. I cannot control what this world brings my way but I can be sure that I am grounded in You and drawing my strength from Your life-giving waters. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
How sure are you that you are planted close to the Living Waters? What can you do to draw closer?
Have you ever known someone who willingly remains outside the “sprinkler zone” of God’s protection? Do you see the damage caused in their life by not trusting in Jesus, the source of everlasting life?
Sowing the Word: List the ways you have seen God’s protection from drought in your life. Thank Him for each provision and the fruit in your life. Picture yourself as a tall tree with deep roots connected to God’s River of Life.
Establishing Roots: John 4:1-19, Psalm 36:7-9, Psalm 65:9-11
Garden Wisdom: Water regularly for consistent growth and blooms but if this task seems overwhelming, consider installing a sprinkler system that you can set on a timer. A less expensive option is a soaker hose laid in and around your flowerbeds.