Encouragement for the Faithful

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

All my life, when I read passages like Psalm One, my heart jumps and says "Yes! That is what I want to be! Oh Lord! Help me be like that." And it is what I want my life to look like. And so I try, and push, and fall, and then ask for God's grace, and he picks me up again. And in my own little pathetic way, and with God's incomprehensible way, I have endeavored to live a faithful life. The be the "blessed one".
But being faithful can be tiring. Can't you relate to that? Sometimes you wait and wait, and wonder, when will I be like  a tree planted by streams of living water? That's sounds great! But I feel tired. If you are in that place today, my dear outside world, I just want to encourage you. It takes a long time to become a tree by living waters. It doesn't happen overnight. Your faithfulness is worth so much. The little decisions of integrity you make are seen and valued by God. Each day that you turn your heart closer to God, you are putting down roots to be that strong tree. Hold fast and wait, for you will see the faithfulness of God.
God sees you. When you become weary, do not depend on your own strength that pull yourself up by your boot straps. God is our rest and our strength. Come close to him every day and he will fill you again.
Your faithfulness counts.
It is building something. God is building something in you.
Just remember to stay close to the living waters, who will refresh renew and grow you.
Love and all that!