Seeking His Presence by Teresa A. LeNeave;Planted, they will flourish
Teresa A. LeNeave
Planted, they will flourish
By Teresa LeNeave
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." NIV
In scripture, a righteous man is compared to two trees; a palm tree and a cedar tree. Why are we compared to a palm tree? Maybe, because it's strengthened by adversity. It grows very straight, but bends with the wind. Each strong wind makes it more resilient. Its fruit is found in the top of the tree where it's protected. Our children must be taught to expect adversity, but know that God will bring them through victorious every time. They are protected. They are not in their pain alone. They need to be told that.
The cedar is said to be the king of all trees. It's magnificent and grows to great heights, which is also a picture of a righteous man.
The key to being a fruitful palm tree or magnificent cedar tree is where they are planted. This verse says, "... planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish." The word, 'planted', is important. It speaks of commitment and staying in one place so it can become strong and deeply rooted. Many of today's Christians are not willing to be planted anywhere for long. Without a good root system, fruit will be weak and damaged ... if it grows at all. You must be planted to bloom.
Kids need stability. They need the same thing a tree needs. Stable ground and nurturing.
"Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God." We want our children to be "planted", strong and productive ... flourishing." Balance will make all the difference in a child. Let them see balance in you, in the home and the life we live around them. Planted...they will flourish.