One of the things the Lord shared with me during my personal retreat earlier this month was about being "planted" in Him. If I want to see fruit and growth, personally and in my ministry, I cannot do it apart from Him.
And, He provided the perfect visual illustrations as I sat near the Nile River, with the lush plants and trees at the shoreline. I don't want to write much in this post, but let the photos and scriptures speak for themselves. :)
"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."- Psalm 1:1-3
"But blessed are those who trust in the LORD
and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit." - Jeremiah 17:7-8
"Abide in Me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself
unless it abides in the vine,
so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
I am the Vine, you are the branches;
he who abides in Me and I in him,
he bears much fruit, for apart from Me
you can do nothing." - John 15:4-5
"Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river.
The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall,
and there will always be fruit on their branches.
There will be a new crop every month,
for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple.
The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing." - Ezekiel 47:12
(Loved this little flower and how it grew out of the rock near one of my favorite sitting spots overlooking the Nile.)