Over the recent season of social distancing, I have been thinking about how I connect with God. One of the main ways I connect with God, funnily enough, is on Sunday morning at Church while singing songs of worship and praise with my church family. But we haven’t been able to do this for our own health and safety.
One of the bible verses I have been pouring over and re-reading is Psalm 1:3 which says:
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.Psalm 1:3 (NLT)
I want to really focus in on one word in particular from this verse, Prosper. Prosperity is defined by man as material success, but as usual God uses a different definition. God defines prosperity around people and in particular their relationships. The people who read Gods word, listen to Gods calling will prosper. Basically that means that the people who trust in the lord will prosper in all that they do.
But in order to prosper we need to survive. In order for trees to survive AND prosper they need a good foundation and support, continual access to water – not just a drop here or there and definitely not a flood but continual access to just the right amount, and nutrients as trees cannot survive on water alone.
If this is what trees need then what do people need? Well we also need a good foundation and support. We need someone we can trust and that we feel safe with who looks out for us and encourages us as well as being invested in our lives. We also need to be spiritually fed. Whether this is reading and studying the bible, listening no really listening to worship music. Regularly listening to messages from pastors, priests or ministers, and regularly praying.
So in this time of social distancing how can we begin to thrive? Whats your next step?
I know I have struggled to feel the joy and peace that Gods word brings during this time because I have struggled to stay committed to reading God’s word and praying on a regular basis so my next step was to find a group of women from my church family so that I have some accountability in whether I am reading the bible regularly. Because of this I am beginning to feel closer to God.
So I want to leave you with one final thought and that is if the water is God’s word and you are the trees, how close are you to the riverbank?