An inspiring image in the Bible is that of a tree growing on the banks of a large river. Many lessons can be learned from it, but one is getting a clearer picture of what the tree gains from being close to the source of its nutriment, its very life. The water is deep, constant, and good.
In a year of drought, what would happen to the tree if it was moved away from the banks of the river? Leaning on the uncertain nature of weather or luck to prosper, the result would eventually be worry, disappointment, and loss.
Just like the tree, how blessed we are when our roots are in the river, a metaphor for the infinite source of all good, God’s love and provision for us. Here we feel the refreshing assurance that we always have all that we need. The river provides more than we can absorb. We can let the flow of God’s love for us enter our thought and effectively drown fear, lack, greed, … or whatever would prevent our growth.
Psalms 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”