TOPIC: Hold Strong and Bear Fruit
SCRIPTURE “From the floor to the area above the entrance, cherubic and palm trees were carved on the wall of the main hall.” – Ezekiel 41:20 NIV
Balmy air began to thaw the winter chill as the airport doors flew open. While the brown and leafless trees in my midwestern backyard still awaited the rebirth of spring, a line of palm trees swayed in the tropical Southern breeze to wave a welcome. “Funny,” I thought as I removed my fleece-lined jacket, “how things can be dead and frozen in one place and warm and alive in another.”
The Book of Ezekiel contains a descriptive vision of a temple. In the quiet hours of my early morning time with God, I started to notice a repetition. Palm trees. Ezekiel’s temple was never built. Scholars think it either will be built in the future, could be something we witness in heaven, or it could be a prophetic vision full of symbolism.
A palm tree farm came up on my right as I biked down to the beach. Palm trees can stretch up to eighty feet and withstand powerful winds that shred their fronds, but they don’t bear fruit for the first six to eight years of life. I couldn’t help but wish to farm such beautiful fruit in my own life, and found encouragement in my current season of growth. Remembering the palm trees in the temple design of Ezekiel’s vision, I couldn’t help but feel connected to something ancient.
We are connected to the one who has always been. The great “I am.” Yahweh. The One True God.
The ancient palm tree reminds us we will bear witness to hurricane-force winds. The gusts may strip away our fronds, and we may have to be picked up and replanted after seasons of storms. The fruit of our lives isn’t always showy or ornate. Sometimes the cross we carry is simply to remain standing while the wind bends us.
“From the floor to the entrance, palm trees were carved …”
The Living Word of God connects us to our ancient ancestors. We are one people … God’s people. We are walking the same earth Jesus came to walk upon in order to secure our salvation. “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’” (John 12:13 NIV) Crowds waved palm tree fronds in celebration on Palm Sunday, as we will upon His return in celebration. John wrote, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the thrown and before the Lamb. There were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9 NIV)
In every note of Scripture, we are reminded of who God is, who we are in Him, and why we trod the earth. To glorify Him, withstanding the wind and bearing fruit in due time. The Living Word of God connects our daily lives to our Father in heaven. God faithfully meets us in His Word every day with a fresh portion of His love. He is faithful. He is good. From floor to ceiling, He is carved on our hearts.
TODAY’S WRITER| Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.