“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” – Ps 92:12
These trees are not trained and pruned by man: palms and cedars are “trees of the LORD,” and it is by His care that they flourish. Even so it is with the saints of the LORD: they are His own care. These trees are evergreen and are beautiful objects at all seasons of the year. Believers are not sometimes holy and sometimes ungodly: they stand in the beauty of the LORD under all weathers. Everywhere these trees are noteworthy: no one can gaze upon a landscape in which there are either palms or cedars without his attention being fixed upon these royal growths. The followers of Jesus are the observed of all observers: like a city set on a hill, they cannot be hid. The child of God flourishes like a palm tree, which pushes all its strength upward in one erect column without a single branch. It is a pillar with a glorious capital. It has no growth to the right or to the left but sends all its force heavenward and bears its fruit as near the sky as possible. LORD, fulfill this type in me. The cedar braves all storms and grows near the eternal snows, the LORD Himself filling it with a sap which keeps its heart warm and its bough strong. LORD, so let it be with me, I pray Thee. Amen. – Spurgeon
The transients may bring us momentary pleasures, but it’s the evergreens that warm our hearts deeply.
Something CL said recently reminded me that our hearts know. Our hearts know when they have found their place and source of rest. Even though our minds are sometimes slow to understand what our hearts know by instinct.
We have been designed for evergreens, not seasonal hues.
Stand firm in Him “under all weathers”.
Be in no hurry for the seasons’ change.
Look forward to and yearn deeply for that which will not fade.
I’ve restarted an abandoned study from 2 years back. This new beginning with old material brings many memories to mind. Perhaps it is only now that I am prepared to see the person of God in the study, beyond seeking answers.
My God. My Evergreen.