Starting a new school year can be hard. Especially after a summer immersed in mission work, Bible studies, and hanging out with your church friends. I know that when I was a teenager, I came off my summer breaks with such a “Jesus High”. So going back to school and being surrounded by peers that were not feeling the same was pretty difficult. I learned that I needed to keep myself rooted in Christ throughout my life instead of just during the summer.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8 says,
“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.”
I love the imagery in this verse. It gives us a clear picture of what a life rooted in Christ looks like. Even though the landscape around this tree might be dry and barren, the tree is green and flourishing. This tree is getting all that it needs from the river. I want to encourage you this week to work on planting yourself in God’s word and becoming like the tree Jeremiah mentions.