As a Floridian I know all to well the pros and cons of living in the State. We’re usually the envy of the country during winter time and also feared during the summer. Not only does it rain quite often in the summer but we also enter into hurricane season.
Over the years I’ve endured my shares of storms. Each and every one brings about the uncertainty of destruction. I’ve witnessed the destructive aftermath of Andrew and also more subtle storms. One of the most interesting things which stands out after every storm is the amount of palm trees that remained unbroken.
A little know fact is while palm trees are technically trees, palms are more closely related to grass, corn and rice than they are to other trees. The reason is unlike traditional trees, palm trees are not made of wood. The inside of palm trees are made up of spongy like tissue, scattered instead of arranged. Also unlike most trees, they don’t lay down rings as they grow every year. Rather, the palm tree grows some “cell like” fibers which are malleable, and can easily flex and then return to their original position.
And there lies the strength and resilience of the palm tree. As it grows, every storm and wind which strikes against it helps to strengthen it. It adapts and continues to grow. It is also strengthen by the time it takes for it’s roots to take hold of the ground and “anchor” in. One thing is for sure, in that when the storms come it’s more likely to bend than break.
Read and meditate on Mark 4:35-41. What does this verse tell you?
Who and what do you to turn to when the storms in your life come?
Meditate / Memorize:
What are you doing or will start to do today to bend rather than break when the hurricanes of life come?