Be resilient like the palm tree

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God's plan for you is to go deep

By Shirley Jones

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree.” Psalm 92:12

If you need some encouragement today, take another look at the palm tree. You can cut it but you can’t kill it. 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. Don’t let surface issues derail you and don’t give into short-term thinking. Stay focused on what God promised you.

It bends but it won’t break. Tropical storms can blow most trees away, but not the palm tree. It’s resilient. It bends all the way to the ground, yet when the storm is over it strengthens up again and is actually stronger.

You were made to bend, not break. God promises to give you “strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy” Colossians 1:11.

God’s willingness to promote you is always in direct proportion to your ability to endure.

Its depth exceeds its height. While the roots of the average tree go a few feet underground, the roots of the palm tree go deep in search of water. David said, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you” Psalm 42:1. God’s plan for you is to go deep, stay connected to him, and never be uprooted, barren or blown away.

If you’re facing trouble right now don’t ask “why me?” instead ask, “What do you want me to learn?” Then trust God and grow stronger through it.