THE LESSON FROM THE PALM TREE
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree …” Psalm 92:12
Scenes including palm trees often evoke images of carefree relaxing – hence Hawaii’s frequent use of palm trees in their ads to promote tourism. However, those of us have had a palm tree as an ornamental plant in our yard; definitely do NOT see anything romantic about them! IT is a dirty tree – scattering seeds and fronds and needing periodic trimming (No mean feat when they reach their mature height of 60 to 75 feet and any slight breeze will cause them to begin swaying!) But maybe worst of all is although you can cut it down but you cannot kill it by doing so! The nutrients that most trees need to survive can be found just below the bark; so when you cut them, they die. But NOT the palm tree, its life comes from its heart so it thrives even under attack.
Maybe that is why the psalmist stated: “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree …” as they will stand tall and live long. Further, perhaps the psalmist knew what I didn’t know when I endeavored to chop one down, the depth of its roots often exceeds its height, while the roots of the average tree go a few feet under, the roots of the palm tree go deep in the search of water. Maybe also a message for us to strive for the “Living Water” He offers us..
Do we at times we let surface issues derail us and then lament our troubles and ask “Why me?” Maybe if we were more like the palm searching deeper, we would ask: “What do You want me to learn, Lord?” and then trust Him to help to develop deep roots and we, too, would flourish. Amen.