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Green Leaves

by Eva Menchov

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8 
 
I’ve noticed a little saying of sorts popping up on my media feeds this week- “Bloom where you are planted.” It’s on many signs, flowerpots, and other springtime collectables.  I wondered if it had any biblical ties, as the hope and inspiration behind it did seem familiar. I also thought, “how does one bloom when we can’t even go play at a park, or worship together at church, or chat and catch up with friends over dinner!?”
 
A quick search led me to Jeremiah 17: 7-8.  I smiled, thinking about how awesome God is to subtly connects the dots sometimes.  How fitting that it began with the blessing of one whose confidence is in God, when it is so hard to know what information to be confident about right now. We can be assured that God is in control, he always has been and always will be. 
 
But what really struck me was the idea of a tree whose leaves are always green, even in a drought.  It never fails to bear fruit. Did you know that all fruits come from flowers? The plants first bloom and flower, and if properly fertilized, will produce the fruit. Those who trust in the Lord, will have those evergreen leaves, that flower (bloom) and bear fruit.  We might feel like we are planted smack in the middle of a desert with no rain in sight, but if we place our confidence in God, our roots will stretch down into the ground and find the water rich soil by the streams. 
 
Here is where I find the most comfort- Jeremiah does not say that by producing fruit we will have confidence in God.  Rather, by placing our trust in God, and drawing water from the rich soil of his word and Holy Spirit, we will bloom and bear fruit. Jesus is the ultimate gardener; he will make sure that our tree is green and blooming! We just need to make sure that our roots are connected to him-the soil, rain, sun and any other element does not matter.  He will make a way! 
 
I’m praying that we will continue to trust our God-even when it feels really hard. I pray that we will see the fruit, and be confident that our leaves will remain green, even through this draught of socialization.