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NA01320_.WMF (382124 bytes)Swamps are found throughout the world. They are found in places where the drainage is not good and where there is enough water to keep the ground waterlogged. Swamps differ from marshes where there is much grass and few trees. Compared to other ground there are few plants in a swamp. Cattails NA01462_.WMF (3054 bytes)and common reeds grow in most swamps. Trees growing in swamps include the bald cypress, gums, willows, alders, maples, and palms. Usually trees growing in swamps do not have deep-growing roots.

The Okefenokee Swamp in southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida is about 38 miles long and 25 miles wide. Growing in this swamp are cypress trees, water lilies, brush vines, and Spanish moss. Animal life includes alligators, deer, wildcats, opossums, raccoons, and a AN01304_.WMF (29236 bytes)variety of fish. Many migratory birds winter there. The name, Okefenokee, comes from a Native American word which means "trembling ground."

Undoubtedly swamps play a part in maintaining the balance of nature according to the plan and purpose of God, yet I would not want to live in a swamp! How about you? I, for my part, like solid, stable ground, a firm foundation on which to root myself or plant my feet.

NA02195_.WMF (23294 bytes)The Bible tells us that the wicked–those who do not know God–are "like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked" Isaiah 57:20-21.

On the other hand God says, "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste" Isaiah 28:16. Repeated in the New Testament, this verse refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded (disappointed, put to shame)" 1 Peter 2:6. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" 1 Corinthians 3:11. The Lord Jesus is the right foundation, the sure foundation for life. He is the right One to trust in.

"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD" Jeremiah 17:5.

The people and things of this world will disappoint us in time. We even disappoint ourselves. But God, Who knows all things, Who lives forever, and Who has all power, cannot disappoint us. "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is" Jeremiah 17:7.

Npoth001.wmf (8070 bytes)"Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great" Luke 6:47-49.

On whom or what do you trust?


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