The Palm Tree

November 7, 2015
by Parise Arakelian

Psalm 92:12-14 – But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the Lord's own garden and are under his personal care. Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green. (TLB)

For many years, I lived in the Coachella Valley, located in the Sonoran Colorado Desert of southeastern California, USA. Due to the warm, year-round climate, various varieties of palm trees grow in the valley. Most of the palms grow straight up and gain their height on overlapping large, evergreen leaf bases which are arranged at the top of an unbranched stem.

Most palm trees survive hurricane winds because they do not have many branches to catch the wind. A palm has a root ball with fibrous roots that not only fan out to great distances but also go down deep. So all this combines to give a palm tree a very solid base in the ground and a very supple trunk that will bend in the wind without breaking. As a result of being beaten down by hurricanes, monsoons, and other types of storms, their trunks grow stronger, and they grow taller and more beautiful.

The cross section of a palm tree shows a number of brownish spots instead of the growth rings. These are bundles of vascular strands that carry nutrients up and down the tree. It's like a thick, steel cable woven from a lot of smaller steel wires. Each strand in these vascular bundles is connected to the root system, which grows from the root ball.

Just as the palm tree derives its nutrients from the vascular bundles which are connected to the solid root ball, Christians derive their strength and nutrients to live a Christian life by their connection to the rich soil of the Word of God and by faith in Jesus Christ Himself.

Consider this: Like palm trees that bend in heavy winds and bounce right back up straight and tall, when the storms of life come, Christians who are rooted and grounded in the Word are better equipped to bounce right up when they get back in fellowship with Christ and re-connect with Him as their source of strength.

Ephesians 3:17 – And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. (TLB)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of Your deep love as we continue to have faith in You. We are so thankful for the glorious, unlimited resources of the Holy Spirit, Who provides us with mighty, inner strengthening for our life's journey with You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Parise Arakelian <parisesings@roadrunner.com>
Arcadia, California, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for your devotional.


    So true Parise. Thanks for sharing.


    Great lesson and analogy, Parise. Thank you!


    Wow! What a wonderful devotional! Thank you!


    What a great word, especially for today. Loved it.


    Your message so encouraged me this morning. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings.


    Beautiful message.
    Thank you Parise.


    This was so interesting. I had no knowledge of this previously.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Parise,
    I really enjoy your devotional “The Palm Tree”.
    Thank you.


    Thanks Parise,
    I loved this devotional – It says a lot.
    Good writing.
    God continue to bless you and your ministry.


    A good solid highly interesting info about the palm tree as well it’s comparison to our solid Christian roots, Parise.
    Thank you so much for your enlightenment.
    Blessings.


    DEAR Parise,
    Thank you for sharing. It is good to be reminded that we are strengthened as we continue in the path we have begun in the Lord Jesus.
    Bless you and keep up your good work.


    Wonderful thoughts Parise! You did a good job explaining the Palm Tree and its spiritual application. Your message also reminded me of Isaiah 55:12: “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” What an encouraging image to ponder.
    Love and Blessings.


    Thanks Parise. Good advise! II Timothy 2:15;3:16-17. Our strength certainly comes from God’s Word. Good analogy.
    It must be nice not to have snow to contend with!
    We have a winter of snow lying before us. We have had a great fall and I never complain because God is good and we have so much to be thankful for. Guess I enjoy the seasons.
    Thanks again and have a great day.
    (New Brunswick, Canada)


    Parise, Thanks so much for your words ..super duper..


    Dear Parise you, as you always do, give me food for thought and a lot of knowledge you are strong in your faith and interesting to read.


    Dear Parise, thank you for your SUPER message.


    Parise
    Well written. I hope you have lots of responses and can share more ideas with those who did.


    PMA,
    Beautiful, what a great story and how it relates back to being rooted in His word.
    I found the devotional.
    Thanks for sharing your gift of writing,


    Dear Parise,
    I just found your devotional of Nov. 7 unread on my computer. It is timeless, so today I enjoyed it as if it had been written for today.
    A great book is timeless like that. And the Bible is the most timeless of all. May the Good Lord keep us in it.
    Keep writing.

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