How much water does a tree need? It depends … on the kind of tree, what size it is, season, air temperature, humidity, soil type, and wind speeds. A quick survey on the Internet found mature oak trees use up to 50 gallons of water a day. On a hot day, some trees can soak up to 15 gallons an hour. That’s a lot of water!

Okay, I’ll skip to the point. There are just two key facts to keep in mind about watering trees.

  1. Trees need water to survive, even in the dormant months.
  2. Trees need deep watering more than surface sprinkling.

If I want to be like a tree in 2012, I need water. I need it regularly. And I need to soak it in until thoroughly saturated. (A light sprinkle on the run isn’t enough for health or growth.)

What is this life-sustaining water and where do I find it? Read on.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2a NKJV)

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1a NKJV)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NKJV)

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.'” (John 4:13-14 NKJV)

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37b-38 NKJV)

“I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”  (Revelation 21:6b NKJV)

I’m thirsty and I long to drink from the fountain of living water. After all, I need water to survive … and thrive.

What about you? Are you thirsty? Is your life characterized by deep watering or surface sprinkling?

Like A Tree – Water
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