The Lord doesn’t want us to simply survive, He wants us to thrive. If you don’t believe me, check out what the Bible has to say about it:
It sure looks to me like this is a statement of fact, and not a suggestion. Apparently, we are to thrive throughout the whole of our lives – even (especially?) in our “golden years”.
My goodness – this is convicting. I may be many things, but I can’t say that I’m honestly thriving right now. To be frank, I’m surviving by the skin of my spiritual teeth, but thriving? Nooo. However, merely surviving isn’t the way God wants His children to navigate their lives.
In the image appended to this post, you’ll see various palm trees featured. I thought about the picture for a moment – what makes the palm tree so distinctive? A few things came to mind:
- Generally speaking, palm trees are tall;
- Mature and well-developed palm trees are valuable. If you take a moment to do a little bit of online research, you’ll find out that mature palm trees are pricey!
- Palm trees are able weather all kinds of storms. It takes a lot to knock out a mature palm tree – its trunk is solid, and its vast network of roots is deep.
If I had the time and inclination, I would do a similar assessment of cedar trees. However, I think you understand where this is headed: We should be thriving, fruitful, and strong in our faith in the Lord.
I clearly still have a ways to go! However, I am grateful for this verse, as it lets me know thriving is not only possible, it’s God’s desire for me.
Here is my (brief) prayer for today: Dear Jesus, help me to thrive today! If the palm and cedar trees can do it, then so can I. However, without Your enabling, I will continue to merely survive. Please help me to be a spiritual palm tree – known for my growth, value, and sturdiness in You, Lord. In Your name I pray, Amen.