Our text is from Jeremiah 17:7-8. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8. 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.
As I was coming home from work one day late September or perhaps early October I noticed some pine trees that were green and bushy. As the other trees were starting to change color, preparing for the fall season the pines were green and would be green all thru the fall and winter.
When all the other trees begin to look like they are dying they begin to change their color to red, orange, and gold. I think perhaps they are going thru their “golden” years much like people do in their 60’s and 70’s. They then loose the last of their leaves and look as if they have died.
I realized the pines however, would maintain their greenery. I think they are called “evergreens”. Those are the trees that stay green year around. They look alive and never go thru the golden years. They can withstand drought and harsh circumstances. They seem to be cheerful even in the most unpleasant circumstances. This made me think about how trees are very much like people.
In our text the man that trusts in the Lord is likened to a tree that is planted near the water where it will always have sufficient water to keep green even in times of drought and extreme heat. You might say they will be ever green. They are the ones who don’t worry about circumstances to the point where they cease to bear fruit. Even in rough times they keep growing and continue to bear fruit.
Friend, this is the way we as Christians should be.
May God give you the grace to be an Evergreen.