“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. And whose trust is the Lord. ‘For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream, And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought, Nor cease to yield fruit.’” – Jeremiah 17:7-8
Most of us trust without even thinking about it. We trust gravity. We trust oxygen. To a large degree, we live in an oblivion of trust. This is mostly a blessing. If we thought about all of the things we blindly trust, we would do little else.
We can become aware of our trust when it is broken. Some cataclysmic event or sudden breakup. The reality of the danger, the risk we are constantly living in, erupts to the surface, and makes us aware.
Then we have a choice. Knowing the risks can lead to fear that can be either healthy or unhealthy. As we mature, we have an opportunity; awareness of danger can lead to trust in God.
We find fruitfulness not in survival or risk-avoidance, and certainly not in oblivion. We find our most prolific fruitfulness through trusting Him. As we become aware of our earthly surroundings we realize they are like a hot, barren desert. Trusting in God is like a desert tree that sinks its roots down to an endless source of water.
God’s provision is not to give us control but to call us to faith. To trust Him. Children trust because they are oblivious. We are called to trust as children, but we are also called to much more. We are called to trust like a desert tree. To sink our roots in what we cannot see, and through our faith abound and be fruitful in a dry and barren world.