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Psalm 1:1-3

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 

As I sat in my back porch enjoying a cup of coffee, I marveled at the sight of the green grass and flowers that have overtaken my backyard. It was just a short time ago that the scene would have included snow. 

What brought my mind to Psalm 1, was the seasonal change itself. 

We see in verse 3 a tree, soaking up all the living water it needed, flourishing in the sun, and yet, only producing fruit in a certain season.  I’ve had seasons in my life where, while continuing to soak up His living water and basking in His presence, I have felt utterly discouraged from the lack of fruit being produced.  

Psalm 1 reminds us that even though we press into Christ, we will have times where we don't see fruit. And that’s okay. We need those off-seasons for pruning, for growth, and for rest, all culminating together for the fruit-producing season.  

We can be confident that no matter what season we are in with the Lord, we can have peace in the fact that He who began a good work in us, will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

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Walking with God

Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
 
I was thinking this morning about what it means to “walk with” someone. When was the last time you went on a walk with a good friend? The first thing that happens is you naturally fall in step with one another – when he speeds up, you speed up; when he slows down, you slow down. Secondly, whether you are walking in companionable silence or enjoying a deep conversation, you are aware of the other person’s presence. You are engaged and invested in that person and in your time together.
 
And finally, there is an unspoken rule that says: once you’ve committed to a walk, you are going to stay together for the duration of that walk. Now imagine you and I went for a walk, and I kept running back and forth between you and whatever distraction happened to catch my eye. Or what if decided to say to you, “This has been great but I’m heading off on this other path. Maybe I’ll see you later.” How would you feel?
 
But isn’t this what we do to God all the time? We chase after whatever catches our attention, forgetting to pay attention to where God is – is He up ahead, back behind us or on another path entirely?
 
In Genesis 6, it says that Noah was a righteous man, blameless and that he walked with God. I believe Noah had learned the value of staying in step with God, being engaged and invested in his time with the Lord, and making the commitment to stay by God’s side all the way home. I can’t imagine taking on the task of building the ark, gathering all the animals together, surviving the flood or rebuilding in the aftermath if I wasn’t holding tightly to God the whole time.
 
What kind of challenging situations are you facing today? What if you chose to focus on walking in step with God, being aware and engaged in His presence, and staying close to Him all the way home?

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