In the wake of deep loss and calamity that our country has seen in the past month, we stop to reflect on these horrible moments. We tend to hold our loved ones a little closer, mend broken relationships, and say “I love you” more because these moments make us realize that we don’t know what may come the next day.
But these moments often can crumble our hope. In deep desperation and sadness, the light of life seems to flicker. Our days seem to become a little darker. In times like these what do you turn to as a source of comfort? As a source of healing? As a source to renew the light of hope to you and those around you?
We’re reminded of Job. A man who suffered greatly, the loss of his wealth, his livestock, his land, his children, his marriage. And yet still, while Job wrestled with God about what was happening to him, he still turned to God as a source of hope, as a source of comfort, as a source of healing.
“For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its roots grow old in the earth, and its stump dies in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.” Job 14:7-9 ESV
Jeremiah eludes that a tree planted by water will not wither in times of drought, but its leaves will forever be green, sustaining itself on the water. That water is God and the hope and healing He brings in our lives when we cling to Him in the darkest moments of life. To continue pushing forward for the sake of those around us, and ultimately God’s glory.
Be encouraged! Be like the tree. Plant yourself near the source of hope and whether your branches are cut down or drought comes, your hope will not dwindle and healing and comfort will be with you all your days.