Like a Willow Tree ~ Trusting in the Lord

Taken one foggy morning recently

Taken one foggy morning recently

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters…
Jeremiah 17:7, 8
NKJV

God promises that when we put our trust in Him, we will resemble trees planted by the waters.

I am most certain that the tree He has in mind for me is a weeping willow.  Rather than maintaining a constant plateau of rejoicing, I often find myself allowing my joy to weep out when encountering sad or disappointing circumstances.

It is not as though I go around depressed all the time; I think others would attest to the fact that I try to live life upbeat and encouraging.  There are just those moments when I cave towards despondency.  During those hard times, I’m as weepy as a willow.

However, an interesting fact about weeping willows is that although their branches do seem to weep, by cascading down, they are nevertheless remarkable for their toughness and tenacity to life.

God understands our human frailty.  Despite my tendency to weep when life gets rough, He uses each season of sorrow to grow me nearer to Him.  Along the way, He strengthens my faith and toughens me for the next time hardship hits.  He builds in me tenacity for the storms.

Do you ever grow despondent during of the trials of life?  God created us with emotions, and He understands there will be seasons of weeping.  Rather than beat yourself up because you sometimes let things get you down, rejoice knowing that God can use your sorrow to strengthen your dependency upon Him.

God can turn a weeping heart into a steadfast willow of trust.

Sue Nash/2013

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31 thoughts on “Like a Willow Tree ~ Trusting in the Lord

  1. Pingback: Quotables ~ Willow of Trust | Heavenly Raindrops Images

  2. Karina Susanto

    I can’t say anything about your post this evening. don’t know why really touching my heart and mind. I am going to print this out, sis. May I ?
    Thank you for your great post. Blessing on your day.

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  3. Elizabeth Ampong

    “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” That joy comes to those who weep in hope; those who weep in expectation. Jesus said “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven…….” Matthew 5:11-12. The Lord Jesus uses this scripture to assure us that there is triumph at the end of every trial. Trials and tough times produce toughness in those who are able to withstand. May the Lord grant us the strength to stand in times of trials and hope in times of weeping, knowing that He is ever faithful. He will never leave nor forsake His children. God bless you for sharing!

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  4. Julie Garro

    Beautiful. Reminds me of this: Revelation 21:4: ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Blessings to you!

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  5. Levi Thetford

    Sue, I have been there more than once. Looking back it they were times of almost total reliance upon Him. It’s interesting that Spurgeon often went into depression. The Lord is our comfort particularly in those times. It makes Heaven a sweeter place to look forward too. Blessing to you!!!

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  6. Planting Potatoes

    good read Sue….the Chinese say that it is better to be a willow than an oak tree, because an oak tree can break in a heavy storm even though it boasts of being strong…but I love to watch a willow in a storm…they don’t break…they shed a few excess branches, but they rarely lose a limb! It’s like they admit they are not the strongest tree around and in doing so, they learn to move with the storm. and in that way, they are much stronger than an oak! Thanks for stopping by my blog and God bless!

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      1. Planting Potatoes

        how has the recovery been going? I have been praying you through it! God bless!

      2. heavenlyraindrops Post author

        Progress has been slow, with many a hardship and setback. However, along the way God has been providing the strength to carry on. I did do a post yesterday about my progress. I thank you so much for your kind words and especially for the prayers. God is my Rock and fortress! Blessings

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