I have been reflecting on these verses for a bit, and have come to realize that there is a lot of hope-filled truth packed in here – in particular, I like the rendering of the passage in the HCSB translation.
Here is the one thing that really stands to me: It’s apparently not only possible for a tree to continue to grow, but also thrive – despite the presence of adverse circumstances (drought).
As is my custom, I turned to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and decided to look up “drought”. As some of you can tell by now, I like looking up the ordinary words that we use each day and sharing the definitions here, so we can all be on one accord. So, without any further ado, here is what the dictionary says about “drought”:
- A period of dryness, especially when prolonged; specifically, one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their growth.
- A prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired.
How very interesting. So, according to these verses, the tree is already equipped to withstand the very thing that is designed to destroy it – provided that its roots are deep and are pointed in the right direction.
And get this! Not only does the tree survive the drought, it remains fruitful and productive, too.
One more thing: the tree doesn’t worry, either – even though one could argue that the tree would be justified in doing so. Instead, it digs deep, continues to grow, and bears fruit, despite a tremendous scarcity of resources. Who knows? Perhaps the tree remains worry-free because it recognizes that it is powerless to change the drought situation – that’s something only the Lord can do. In the meantime, the tree focuses its energies on carrying out its God-given purposes (continued growth and fruitfulness) until its change comes.
There’s a lesson – or two – in here for me for sure. Maybe for you, too?