Where Are You Planted?
The only opportunity you will ever have to live by faith is in the circumstances you are provided this very day: this house you live in, this family you find yourself in, this job you have been given, the weather conditions that prevail at the …moment. ― Eugene Peterson
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. – Psalm 1
As I reflect on Psalm 1 this morning, I am reminded that I have been planted in a specific location today. Today I have a number of things on my agenda to accomplish and a few different places that i have to be. There is work to do and there is time with my family at home. I have a couple of meetings today. I have a couple of errands to run as well. I also know that there are bound to be interruptions somewhere along the way because that's how life works.
I have a lot to do today. Some of how today goes will be within my control and other parts of my day are beyond my control. No matter what may happen as I move through my day, it is important to remember that God has planted me at those various moments and places to bear fruit like He plants the tree by the stream of water. The question that is mine to consider is, "Will I be like a tree planted by a stream that bears fruit or will I be like chaff blown away by the wind?".
Prayer: God, I want to walk in righteousness, not wickedness. I want to be the fruitful tree, not the chaff. Grant me the wisdom to see the difference and the desire and strength to walk in righteousness where you have planted me today. Help me bear the fruit that you have called me to produce today. Amen.