Spring arrived in Kansas at the beginning of February this year. Strange? Not really. Spring usually comes early on the Central Plains just to tease us. And that’s all it is. A tease. Because winter always comes back. But it usually holds off until all the flowers and trees are blooming, and then it dumps a bunch of snow on us.
It happened again this year. But, honestly, I’m okay with that. A lot of folks were discouraged because it had been 80 degrees one day and then the next day it was snowing (I’m not exaggerating!). But I was happy about it. Why? Well can you imagine a summer in Kansas when we haven’t had a hard freeze?
I don’t have to imagine. Summers that follow mild winters are awful. Ticks and chiggers and spiders and flies and mosquitoes abound, and all we would have needed was a nice freeze to take care of them. But, on the other hand, our fruit trees had record crops that year.
The goal for our fruit trees, then, should be to maintain their crop regardless of what they weather is doing, like the tree that’s mentioned in Jeremiah 17:7-8. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Even in the seasons where you don’t feel like you have enough, God will always come through.
Think about that. In a desert climate, a tree planted by a river won’t dry out. It’ll always have the nutrients it needs to thrive. Now I’m not sure if that can be applied to fruit trees in Kansas, but the concept is there. If you can provide everything a fruit tree needs, it won’t have bad seasons. It’ll produce fruit all the time. And that means the wind can howl and the snow can fall and the ice can suffocate every living thing around it, a tree that has everything it needs will keep producing fruit anyway.
Doesn’t that sound like the life? To have everything you need at hand. To trust unflinchingly that all your needs will be provided for, and all you need to do is what you’ve been designed to do?
You realize that’s how we’re called to live, right?
Make God your hope. Make God the source of your confidence. And that life is yours. Even in the darkest moments of your life, God will be your light. Even in the seasons where you don’t feel like you have enough, God will always come through.
Changes in the weather can be good. All those pesky bugs die off when it gets cold enough, and the trees that have what they need at hand aren’t bothered. That’s how I want to live, so rooted in the Lord and His faithfulness that even in the dry seasons I have all I need.
So let the wind howl. Let the snow fall. Let the drought come. My hope is rooted in Christ, and I have everything I need.