Planted

He will be planted by streams of living water.

Psalm 1:3

I’m not even going to ask if you’re busy. I feel pretty safe in assuming that most people are busy. Or at least, that’s what we tell ourselves!

Sometimes it feels like a social crime NOT to be busy. I shudder to consider the looks I might receive if I, a capable 30-year-old man, were to say to others, “Yeah, these days I’ve got a LOT of free time on my hands and I’m not doing too much. It’s awesome!”

That’s just an observation. I’m not here to debate whether or not this is a good thing about our culture. But it does mean I’m busy, you’re likely busy, and we’re likely to remain that way for a while.

My busyness often comes with a large set of distractions. I’ve got a phone that notifies me of something new every 10 seconds. I’ve got a to-do list that only seems to grow because I’m checking said phone notifications every 10 seconds. As a creative, I’ve got idea after idea I want to try and capture somehow. I’ve got employees and ministry partners who need me to communicate. On top of all that, I’ve got a 3-year-old who needs his dad to play with him and train him up. And a wife who deserves for me to pursue her like I did in my early 20s.

I’m busy and distracted, and yet, I also need and want to abide in Jesus.

When I’m busy, I sometimes make the choice not to get the nourishment I need.

The truth is, I’m planted right next to the stream. It’s right there! Time with Jesus is just one choice away. I have access to life-giving truth through the Word. I have access to helpful conversation through prayer.

The deeper I go in my relationship with Christ, I don’t feel guilty anymore about not doing things I should do. I don’t wrestle as much with the silly but crippling accusation that I’m “letting God down.”

I just feel foolish, because I have known and experienced that what Christ calls me to is truly the best for me. He doesn’t tell me to do things “just because.” There is a reason. The Lord is for my good and my health.

You and I need to drink from God’s Word.We need it.It’s a good thing. It’s refreshing and satisfying and filling for the need of each day.We need it even more in the dry seasons. The seasons of life that are busy, or hard, or sad, or lonely. These are definitely NOT the times to stop drinking from the stream! These are the seasons to dig down deep and pull up the resources needed to make it through.

I encourage you to make a commitment not to be a stubborn tree. God has planted you next to streams of life-giving water! Use your roots! Growth, fruit, and leaves are all important. But when we stop to have a sane thought, we all know that we simply can’t produce these things when our roots are not doing their job.

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