Blessed are those who trust in the lord and have made him 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 months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
These words from the Bible are significant as the country, especially this region, recovers from another great storm.
Remember October 1987, when we experienced even greater ferocious winds and the loss of many beautiful trees that had, up until then, endured all that our climate could throw at them. But that awesome night was the last straw and thousands fell.
A tree now straddles the river at Nayland and its roots have been ripped from the ground and lie exposed and broken. It is a poignant and sad sight.
That majestic tree once stood proud, now it is fallen and is destined for the chainsaw.
Where do your roots lie, how deep and secure are they? How much will it take for them to become unstable and all that they support come crashing down? Such a sight causes me to ask such questions.
But I can say with confidence that my trust in God, and his hold upon my life, gives me security in the knowledge that whatever life throws at me may make me rock and sway, but will not bring me down.
Make the Lord your hope and confidence. Trust in Christ, he will not fail you but will strengthen you, and you will discover as your roots grow in him that the fruit that you will produce will give you and others who share the same riverbank a new freedom and joy.