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
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.