In 2018 my husband, Dave, and I seized the opportunity to purchase lake front property. It was an exciting moment for our family, a decision we’ve never regretted. We love being on (and in!) the water and the promise of spending summertime at the lake is what carries us through our freezing New York winters. But while owning lakefront property is amazing, it’s not always glamorous.
Sure there’s boating and swimming, floating and relaxing – but there’s also a serious amount of work that goes into maintaining it. On our particular lake, because of how significant water levels rise and fall, all the docks are temporary. Every spring and fall we enlist the help of our family and friends (thanks, guys!) to assemble and disassemble the large aluminum pieces.
Most years, water levels at our lake are fairly low during the summer months, but occasionally there are years where the water levels rise so high that flooding becomes a concern. This was our 2021 experience.
This year, lake levels were 4 feet higher than they were in 2020 and, if you’ve ever experienced life on the water, you know how dangerous this can be for property. Things that are not fastened tightly to the ground will float away and disappear. In order to protect our investments, everything; boats, docks, and jetskis had to come out of the water. It was discouraging.
But, in the middle of this frustrating set of circumstances, I couldn’t help but admire this one tree on our property that, even though it was submerged in the flooded waters, was thriving. The roots of this tree reach so deep that the tree was not bothered by its surroundings. It stood unmovable.
This is a beautiful parallel of faith. Our trust in Jesus, our hope and confidence in who He is, should be like that tree planted alongside our lakefront. Our roots, reaching deep, should hold us strong and unmovable. Our lives, regardless of difficult circumstances or situations, should be fruitful. In the words of Johnny Cash, “Like a tree planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.”
Let your roots reach deep and encounter the richness of life.
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“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. – Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT
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