Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.
The one who trusts in God will not be free from trials and adversity, but God will bring fruit and blessing in and through those difficulties.
Questions rise about her faith and how she can persevere. How is it possible to continue trusting the Most High when life burns her at every turn?
How can she blame Him when He is the reason she can stand strong and rise every time she is burned? Circumstances will never – or at least, should never – dictate one’s trust in their Lord. When we see our blessings, is God not still God? Likewise, when trials come, is God not still God? Does He not still hold our lives in His hands? Does our name not linger on His lips?
The reason for her inexplicable faith and trust in her Adonai?
He is the reason she can learn to stand, to walk, to dance. He plants her near a stream – a stream of Living Water – so that her roots will be sent out toward it. And when adversity comes, she can continue to draw from the stream and have life that makes her pleasing to Him. Her roots in this Stream will cause her to bear fruit even in the most difficult times of scarcity.
Those who desire to see her burn will never be be satisfied in their quest so long as her roots continue to extend deeper and deeper. When she rises, she will shake off the ashes and allow the wind to carry it away.
Her God never fails her, never leaves her, and is the very reason there is breath in her lungs. The breath He has given her is for her to praise Him, for her to bless Him.
This life is His. To be given breath for each morning is a gift worth more than all the gold and precious stones in the world.
Why wouldn’t she praise Him?