Flourishing Like a Palm Tree

Psalm 92:12-13, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.”

What is it like to flourish like a palm tree? I see palm trees flourishing in the driest deserts as well as in the most tropical of climates. They seem to flourish under any condition. Do I flourish, whether conditions are oasis-like or desert-like? Am I able to flourish even if things get bone dry, like they are now?

Can I live a vital, joyful life when those realities seem little more than faded memory now? Can I choose peace in a place where my thoughts are often anxious and conflicting? Can I choose love when my motivation for loving others seems lost in a barren wasteland? Father, I really want to flourish like a palm tree. Even in the driest desert, palm trees look healthy and strong. They seem to have enough water, even if there is little to be seen.

Forgive me when I expect you to make my life always a rain forest! Teach me to abound in the midst of little. I get so attached to the blessings You send and start to believe that they are the source of my life. But only You provide me what I need. Give me patience and courage in the waiting, Father. I still need You. You are my highest good.

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