Kermit the frog had a saying “It’s not easy being green.” Sometimes as a Christian it is not so easy either being green. There are a couple of significant scriptures that address people who love God being like trees planted by the water. One is found in Psalms 1:2 & 3 “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither and they prosper in all they do.” Another is Jeremiah 17: 7 & 8 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and 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 never stop producing fruit.”
In today’s culture there is a sense of entitlement that the world owes them something. I think that this culture sometimes creeps into the lives of Christians and our church experience. We really don’t want to have to do much to be fruitful or have a blessed life. We want to attend church on a Sunday morning once in a while and expect that the pastor feed us so that we can sustain ourselves on that spiritual food until we come back again. But that is contrary to what the Bible teaches. If we want something we have to do something. If we want God to draw close to us, we must draw close to Him. If we want answered prayers, we must pray. If we want love, we must give love. If we want to flourish as a Christian, we must be planted, fertilized and watered regularly.
Have you noticed how green things are that are planted by brooks and streams? They are healthy because they are clustered together under the protection of other vegetation, they have good soil that provides them support and water to keep them from drying out.
As Christians we need the same things. We need to be surrounded by other believers, we need to continually enrich our souls with the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to water our spirits so that we do not dry out. Being green and staying green takes work. It is a process to become a mature, green tree in the natural and it is a process to become a mature, healthy, life-giving tree as a Christian too.
I want to continue on my path of staying green after 47 years of being a Christian but it will take me remaining involved in the process by staying planted along the riverbank of God’s presence and feeding upon His Word regularly so that my leaves stay green and I always produce fruit.
I hope it is your desire to be a strong, sturdy tree with deep roots and that you will produce fruit even in a drought. Just remember it isn’t always easy being green but what is impossible for us alone is possible with God!
Living by the brook,