Thursday: March 12, 2020
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
In Kirchoff’s laws which is applied in electrical circuits, when current arrives at any node, it splits according to the number of pathways available to it with the path offering the least resistance receiving the highest flow of electrons. Therefore, when multiple things occupy our attention, our efforts are split accordingly.
People are more productive when they are single-minded and focused on any one specific task at hand, compared to if they have a background of miscellaneous thoughts and worries that occupy their thinking. Thus, the imagery from the prophet Jeremiah compares a man who trusts in the Lord to a tree planted by water. Such a tree has no worries about drought, heat or food because for a tree, those conditions are big factors in whose absence there is a threat to their very survival.
As an example, without water, plants are unable to photosynthesize – meaning no food. We also have significant worries in our daily living that occupy us and have the potential to halt any forward progress thus bringing us to a halt.
However, the invitation is for us to realise that we have a lasting connection to a permanent source of water and should not worry about drought or heat. Beloved, as long as our roots are dipped into God, the ever refreshing spring, we are guaranteed to be evergreen and ever fruitful. That is why we are called to trust entirely.