As I pulled them on I thought for a millisecond that maybe they’ll be looser than they were when I wore them last in the spring... did I mention that hope lasted for a millisecond?!
There is no magic just because I wish there were.
I find a similar scenario in my Christian life when I face a situation and react just as poorly as I have in the past ever even thought I’m a year older in my relationship with Christ. Just because time has passed doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m further along in becoming more like Christ. It, as any good thing, takes conscious effort.
What what would be the result of this effort? A slimmer silhouette? Hardly! Nothing that transient!
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and who have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they go right on producing delicious fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8
Roots that reach deep into the water – the living water of God’s Word
They are not bothered by _______ or worried by ______________. Whatever is put into those blanks – NOT bothered, NOT worried.
Their leaves stay green – still fresh, and growing, and producing fruit.
What a picture!
How do I become like this tree?
First I must be planted by the riverbank – do I know the Lord, do I long to be in His presence, dwelling in His sanctuary? Is He the place that I live? Where my unoccupied thoughts return to?
Secondly are my roots reaching deep for Him? Have I anchored my hope and confidence to Him? Have I wrapped my stability around and put my trust in all the precious promises He has given to me?