Here in Colorado, we’re used to late-arriving springs. Or at least the reality that it truly could snow in May so no matter the temptation, you’d better hold off a bit on that garden.
Which also means, we’re not quite acclimated yet when summer hits and life heats up. So, this year as temperatures have hit the 90s multiple days in a row in the first week of June…we were already looking for shade to cool off.
And where do you find shade? You could pull out an umbrella or escape indoors, but I think the prettiest spot is under a tree, especially if it’s near some water.
Can you already feel the refreshing cool soaking into your skin?
It reminds me of this verse:
“…be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:8
Planted by the water, that kind of tree is rooted and fruit-bearing. And never afraid or worried. It has all it needs and can simply BE.
After over a year of pandemics and politics and oh-my-goodness-how-crazy-can-we-get activism… Of human beings forgetting how (or refusing) to have logical conversations about issues… Of division and vitriol… Of anxiety rising as fast as the gas prices…
Don’t you just crave an escape from the heat?
Don’t you wish you could linger in the shade of a tree planted by the water?
I do. Which is why you’ll find me turning off the news, skipping out on social media, and instead listening to a playlist of worship songs that feed my soul with Truth about the sovereignty of God.
Song by song and verse by verse, I can feel the anxiety and pressures falling away. The stressful heat fading and the dry, parched soil being saturated with peace.
Ah. Now that is what life planted by the water is like.
Years ago I wrote a series of blog posts unpacking what it means to be like a tree and then collected them into a book so they were easier to find. Check out Be Like a Tree here or buy the ebook direct here.
My prayer is that you, too, can find times of refreshing in the middle of whatever you’re facing when life heats up.