Have you ever felt as if your life is just covered in mud?
As kid and there was nothing more thrilling than going out after the rain firing up the dirt bike and having a mud fight. There was something so fun about being covered in mud and getting completely dirty. Oddly enough, today as an adult and a parent, I find myself avoiding these moments. In fact, I hate mud! More than that, I do not like being stuck in the mud and I REALLY don’t like it on my shoes.
There is a verse I have been meditating on.
This is definitely one of my favorite verses in the Bible. The thing that sticks out to me lately is what it means to be planted by the streams. I have yet to walk next to a stream bed and not find it wet and muddy. Sometimes sticking to something really is dirty. Sticking with relationships can be dirty, sticking with a dream is dirty, sticking to convictions is dirty and sticking to Jesus isn’t always the easiest. The reality is being planted means theres gonna be mud and dirt in your life.
Too many times we run from the very things or the places where the most fruit will come. We are so willing to uproot our trees (our lives) in an attempt to produce more fruit. We are constantly searching for a so called river that we feel will help us produce more fruit, instead of sticking with something long enough to see what it could really produce. We exit relationships because they are dirty or we feel they don’t supply what “we” need anymore. We walk out of churches because all the sudden they don’t supply what I need instead of being part of the supply. We change educational paths and career paths because we feel something else will produce more fruit.
Life is simply about learning to understand the seasons of life and sticking in the mud. Living life in a constant uprooting is the most shallow and unfruitful way to live. Don’t mistake a season for a reason to make a change that will potentially altar the God given fruit for your life.
Sticking through the mud is the only way to truly “Emerge” into what God has in store for your life. To “emerge“ means to come out into view or come forth. So stay planted in Him regardless of the mud and you’ll begin to see fruit you never thought possible.