Strong Trees

Psalm 1On a recent trip to California, I was driving down a narrow road flanked by giant trees. They were magnificent--so big, so green, so full of life! These trees reminded me of Psalm 1:3. I wanted my life to be like a tree that is healthy, vibrant, and fruitful.

Yet, if you are like me, you probably don’t always feel like a strong tree. As a nursing student, you may find yourself withering under the daily stress of nursing school. At times, you may feel like you’re in survival mode, far from yielding fruit or prospering.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to read this Psalm and reflect on how these words can make a difference in your life.

Hear the Word

Psalm 1:1-3

1 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,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 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.

As we begin another school year, my prayer is that we would all grow to become increasingly like the Psalm 1 tree. How do we do that? By delighting and meditating on God’s law, that is, God’s Word (v. 2)! When we do so, we will become increasingly like Jesus, living a life that truly honors him (v. 1). And that would be prosperous life indeed!

Nursing school is busy and intense. But you will become the kind of tree you want to be when you commit to taking time to read and reflect on the Bible regularly.

Respond Actively

  1. If you don’t have a regular habit of doing so, try starting out by reading one chapter of Mark or Luke 3 times a week. As you read, ask this question: God, what would you like me to hear from this passage? Don’t worry about whether you understand everything in the passage--hearing God’s voice is far more important than grasping all the details!

  2. If you are already reading the Bible regularly, consider meditating on your readings each day. As you read, ask God to highlight one verse or phrase. Then write it down on a notecard or small piece of paper and carry it throughout the day with you. Take it out when you think of it during the day and let God speak and direct your life in response to that verse. That’s one way you can remain rooted in God’s Word!

  3. And of course, as you consider your leadership with NCF, think of your role as helping the entire nursing school become planted like strong trees. If Scripture study is not a central part of your NCF chapter, this is a great year to change that! See more easy Scripture study resources.

May the Lord plant and build you up into a strong, Psalm 1 tree this year!

Timothy Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director


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