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.

Admit it! There’s a lot that’s bee…n going on. Is kind of chaotic right now. Children being shot, wars being fought, and money being short. As Marvin Gaye would say, It makes me want to holler and throw up both my hands!” But in the midst of it all I have discovered peace.

It’s not that I don’t care or have become numb to the worries of this old world but I’ve learned how to trust The Lord. I’ve learned the art of being still like my Grandmother and the old saints when they would look you in the face in mid stride of your frenetic pace and declare, “You ain’t going to worry me!”

I’m in a season where I have less than I’ve had in a long time but I have more peace than I’ve had as well. I’ve learned the secret to living in a drought.

1. I will trust in The Lord with all my heart and lean not to my understanding. You cannot put your trust in man or institutions because they will both let you down. My hope is built on nothin less than Jesus blood and righteousness.

2. My roots go down deep by the riverbed. You have to dip find a place where you lay roots that will supply you spiritually when there is a drought around you. Our problem comes when we don’t stick around long enough for our roots to develop. Do not be easily moved and plant yourself by deep waters. Find a church where you can lay down roots and drink deeply in discipleship and devotion.

3. I am not bothered by the heat because my leaves stay green. As a result of being connected to a source of strength I stay green even though it’s dry around me. God gives the ability for us to withstand the financial heat by giving green. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense how I look up and I’m still covered with a drought going on.

4. I don’t worry because I’m still producing fruit. In this season we can’t get depressed because we can’t consume like we used to but instead we should rejoice because we are still able to create. This is the season where creative people flourish because desperation leads to inspiration. God gives us the ability to create something out of nothing because we are deeply rooted in him.

Dear God,

Thank you for keeping us through this drought. Trouble don’t last always. I believe that you will give each person reading this the ability to stay green and produce fruit. I believe that as we put our try puts in you that everything will work itself out. Thank you for planting us by rivers of water. I ain’t got to worry about nothing!

In Jesus Name!

Amen