I grew up around lush green foliage indicative of a humid Louisiana climate. The average annual rainfall in my hometown is about 63 inches. Now my wife, being from eastern New Mexico is familiar with a hot arid climate. The average annual rainfall in her hometown is only 17 inches. I remember my first visit to New Mexico. I was shocked by the dryness of the air and the constant wind.
I was also surprised to see tumbleweeds blowing through the streets. The only tumbleweeds I had ever seen were in old TV westerns. I did read a comic strip once named Tumbleweeds but I didn’t know tumbleweeds actually existed.
A weeping willow tree stands out in my memory in direct contrast to this picture of tumbleweeds. A weeping willow is always found near a water source: either ponds (we called them bayous in Louisiana), streams, or lakes. The roots of a weeping willow tree reach 2 to 4 times wider than the tree’s height. A 20-foot tall tree could have roots with an 80-foot diameter. And, a weeping willow tree can “drink” 50 gallons of water per day. That’s why it grows near a water source!
Psalm 1:1-3 tells us that the person who delights in God’s Word and meditates on it day and night is like a tree planted by a good water source, just as a weeping willow.
There are three natural results of this meditation:
- Producing fruit at the right time
- Maintaining green leaves
- Prospering in whatever we do.
God’s message in these verses illustrates the importance of living near the water source of His Word and drinking a maximum amount of word-water. The benefits are incalculable.