Thrive

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The spring season here in Colorado has been very chilly and snowy. Those of us who live here are so grateful that we are beginning to see more sunny days, hear the birds chirping, and see some buds blooming on our trees and flowers. Although the year has truly been “Spring time in the Rockies” with its unpredictable nature, we know eventually it will be beautiful, green, and lush!
 
Our life often feels like this, too. Cold, dreary, dry, and longing for some sunshine! I am so thankful that God gave us a wonderful promise in Isaiah 58:11 that says, “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (NIV)
 
It is such a comfort to know that even in the dark and hard times of life, God has promised to make us like a well-watered garden. Our heart’s garden has an unfailing fountain bubbling continually, even when we can’t always feel it. God never quits watering our soul and life! He causes us to grow and flourish in spite of our struggles. Psalm 92:12 reminds us, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree…” (NIV). Where do palm trees grow and flourish? In the desert! That’s amazing! Their roots go deep and tap into the water flow! The palm tree goes against the “status quo” of trees and seems to enjoy thriving in the desert. So, just because your life may have the appearance of a desert, you can rest confidently in God’s promises that His love, mercy, and tender care are watering your life and you are still thriving and flourishing! Proverbs 11:28b says, “…but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf” (NIV). If you’re righteous, then you’re thriving and green. You are a well-watered and beautiful garden!

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