Strength in the Storm

September 20, 2020

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He 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

A few years ago, I took a trip to Biosphere 2 with my daughter’s school. It is amazing to see how all the biomes of the earth have been recreated in a dome.

As we toured, the guide explained how they had planted fruit trees but the trees were not thriving and their branches kept falling off. They could not figure out why this was happening. They pollinated, watered, and tested the nutrients in the soil, and all seemed ideal. They finally figured out that they had forgotten something vital to a tree—wind. The guide explained how storms and wind blow a tree’s limbs back and forth, like exercise, making them stronger. They had to build huge fans to mimic wind storms to strengthen the limbs, so they could thrive, bear, and hold fruit.

I remember feeling so in awe of God’s creation at that moment. He truly does provide everything we need. Ever since, when any storm hits us (personal or a monsoon) I remember to thank God. I am rooted in his word, but storms will make me stronger and help me to hold or help those around me.

Trina Wise

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