One of the great lessons of the Bible is that our circumstances need not be the big deal that we tend to make them. If we insist that our circumstances be perfect, we will normally be disappointed. Perfect circumstances are rare in this life. Unpleasant circumstances can even serve as the springboard from which we leap into the arms of God – a very good, or even pleasant, place to be.
A nice illustration is found in the steady flow of water in a river compared to the daily fluctuations observed in rainfall. In extreme cases, such as those found in Egypt, the contrast is even better. Egypt gets very little rain at all, yet has a long history of agriculture. The Nile provides a constant source of water. The secret? The water comes from rainy areas of central Africa rather than the regions of the Sahara closer to the Nile’s mouth.
If we make it a point to trust in the Lord regardless of circumstances, we’ll be like trees planted near the water of that river. Our lives can be very fruitful even in the consistent absence of rain.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
– Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)