Coul Den Reserve, Fife.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NASB)

In my long recovery from my recent illness I have been grateful for the prayers of many good friends, I won’t name anyone but they know who they are. I treasure them and their prayers.

Today I sit looking out my window at rain and the trees dancing in the Autumn breeze, I am really hankering for a woodland walk in Formonthill Woods. It has been a long time since I had the breeze off the Lomond hills on my face, filling my nostrils with the sweet scent of harvest. One of my favourite places is walking the path next to the Black Burn (river) through Coul Den up to Formonthills. The babbling waters and the twittering of warblers make it a blessed place. I often stop at a bend in the burn beside a blue iron bridge to reflect and pray, it is beautiful under the dappled shade from the willow canopy on the banks. There is sometimes the bonus of seeing birds at the waterside, Grey wagtail and Dipper being the most frequent. Yes, I miss it a lot but today I thank God for my memories.

I feel closer to my Father God in these precious moments, more so than in other places. At such times I am reminded of the first psalm and Jeremiah 17 with their references to trees. There is something pleasing in being likened to tree resting by flowing water, what more could one ask for? Especially so since the source of the refreshment comes from our Heavenly Father in whom we trust. In His provision there is no need to be anxious, His river of blessings flows through eternity itself. What a balm to my soul this has been by the virtual waterside, sitting in my old armchair today.

Dear reader, fear not what life may throw at you today. Dunk your roots deep in His river bank, let Him sustain and sooth you.


12 thoughts on “A Riverside Memory

  1. Thank you for this, brother. Morning worship at my church is about to start—on this side of the pond—and your words were a great warmup.
    The vivid details of your walk made me feel like I was actually there!
    Prayers that you will be out in nature again soon.

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  2. I am praying that you will be able to walk outside sooner rather than later. I am thankful for these memories in times of sadness, discouragement etc you can look back and see how God cares for His creation and He certainly cares for you!!! Your area sounds so beautiful, Alan!

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      1. It was really nice, thank you for asking! I love God’s creation! Whether I am fishing, playing tennis or sitting outside on my deck or at a park bench, I just love being outside, feeling the breeze. Do you have a favorite tree and/or flower?!

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      2. I had to think hard on this Mandy, haha. My favourite tree would be a birch – the deserted mining landscape of my youth was full of them. Common Spotted Orchids are little beauties, sadly quite rare nowadays. I have to say my favourite bird (being a birdwatcher in my youth) is a Goldfinch. I could probably add more birds, but that could take a lot of time and words haha.

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      3. Hi, Alan! My mom loves birch trees so we had them growing up! For what it is worth, my favorite tree and what I am looking at in my yard right now is the weeping willow. This tree is home to 3 Goldfinches! I will try and take a picture of them for my next blog prayer!!!

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