Summer is upon us! As I drove around on vacation last week in Gulf Shores, Alabama, surrounded by beautiful palm trees, refreshing waters, incredible restaurants, curious tourists and frustrated locals, The Lord began to speak to me. He reminded me that I was built for whatever life had waiting for me. He took me to Psalm 92:12 that says, “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.”. I asked Him, “Why specifically palm trees in this text?”. He then replied with these four characteristics of a palm tree that we are to imitate:

 

1. IT PROVIDES REST FOR THE WEARY

One palm tree provides some shade, but many palm trees provide an oasis. We must stick together as the body of Christ. 

“Am I life-giving or draining to be around? Do I carry the peace of God?”

 

2. IT PRODUCES FRUIT

Productivity usually represents busyness but busyness doesn’t always represent productivity. We must be sure that we’re living on mission. Your focus will determine your fruit.

Fruit = Result

 If you want a specific result, you must have a specific focus. 

“Am I being productive? Am I focused? If so, where’s my focus? Am I being intentional with my attention?”

 

3. IT DIGS TO FIND WATER

You can be in the midst of dryness but it doesn’t have to be in you. In a dry season, a palm tree will dig UNTIL it finds water. The drought directs it to dig!

“Do I dig into Gods word in a dry season, or do I sit by idly and dry up for myself?”

 

4. IT OUTLASTS A STORM

In 1979, a tragic event struck the same area where I vacationed last week. Hurricane Frederic arrived to the coastal region of Gulf Shores, Alabama with tides of 12 feet in height. As it swept through, it took out many homes and businesses even as it crashed inland. As it did so, it snapped thousands of large pine trees in half. But the thing that seemed to be unharmed when it was said and done were palm trees because they’re able to bend and not break.

Also, the storm provides water, the tool necessary for growth. The palm tree will use the storm as a stimulant! Declare over your life, “I’ll come out on the other side better than I entered. It’s working for my good”. (See Romans 8:28)

“Do I have flexibility? Am I submitting and surrendering my season to The Lord, allowing Him to turn it around?”

 

THE KEY QUESTION

“Am I planted in Him?”

If you’re planted in Him, you will become all who He has made you to be. 

Whatever comes your way you can handle it because, remember, you’re built for it.

 

SCRIPTURES TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 NKJV

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

 

Blessings. –TW