Palm Tree

The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (Psalm 92:12)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of scoffers: But his delight is in the law of Jehovah; And on his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water, That bringeth forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also doth not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

One summer when my cash-strapped friend Felix was in High School, a lady paid him $50 to remove a small palm tree squatting smack in the center of her lawn. The palm was quite small; still, at the end of the day, Felix had had to do more work than he ever thought was necessary because the little palm tree was insanely difficult to get rid of. He had dug a ditch around the tree. Then with an axe hacked away at the roots, only to find with great dismay that the palm tree has a very very very extensive network of fibrous roots. He got through most of them (except a few tiny ones that seemed too insignificant). Still, even when he pushed and pulled with all his might he found that just those few remaining strands of that root system were enough to resist him.

Researching around the net on tree roots, I learned that the root system of a palm tree is unique. Most trees have branching roots that grow smaller and smaller the further they are from the taproot, whereas the palm roots are the same size at the stem or base. This makes the tree difficult to pull up. It also means the roots will grow deep into the ground, getting nourishment that is not available on the surface.

The text above likens the the righteous to a flourishing palm tree. Notice that what is so essential to a palm tree are its roots which help it get nutrients and water in arid climates, or keep it safely anchored when it is bound to be whipped about by a furious hurricane in tropical climates.

How are you doing? Are you anchored safely and securely on Christ just the palm tree is? Will the enemy of souls find you insanely difficult to uproot?

May you thrive and flourish in all areas of your life this week and may you find your delight to be in Christ and in the meditation of his word.

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