“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.” vss. 7-8a
Jeremiah understood that faith is trust and more particularly, trust in the Lord. He based his declaration on his observation of the people he was encountering in his ministry. Those whose trust was in the Lord and not in mere mortals were blessed, and it was obvious to all those who knew them. They lived with confidence in the midst of uncertainty, their spirits fed by regular communion with the indwelling Divine Presence. We continue to see those blessings in the lives of those who know that there is more to life than meets the eye and who understand that energy for fruitful living comes directly from our ever present Lord. They live with a sense of serenity and peace, not being swung to and fro by the machinations of politicians or market manipulators, fully in the world but not tempted or led astray by its false promises and faulty logic. In their presence we feel the strength of their loving convictions and sense kindness that is rooted in the compassion of Jesus. Like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream, they find strength in their connections to the living water that comes through meditation and prayer. Their influence permeates the community and through them all of us are blessed.
Thought for the Day: Where are my roots planted?