I am my father’s daughter. I have his nature-loving genes. Trees. Plants. Flowers. They make my heart go pitter-patter.
Like my dad, sometimes I just gaze at trees. Clark (my husband) often finds me meandering the gardens I’ve planted around our apartment community. Just checking on the seeds. Golly, I get overjoyed when a seed starts to sprout!
So, when I find nature-themed scriptures, like Psalm 52:8, I’m captivated.
I learn a verse, such as Psalm 52:8, and link it with my love of trees and nature.
And then, I do my best to live it out. In this case, be the tree.
So the explorer in me set off to discover more about this “olive tree.” (To live like it, I must know more about it.) Other translations describe the olive tree as:
… in the house of God.
I am planted, established, forever claimed in the house of God.
Like a flourishing, thriving, glorious, large, fruitful, green olive tree.
You are too.
When life gets messy and difficult, think of the olive tree. Remember the words of King David’s psalm – “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.”
And then consider how David continues, “I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”
I see some mighty trees where I live (in Waco, TX), and think, nothing could uproot those guys. Those trees have a trust in the ground that has lasted for generations.
They remind me that I am like an olive tree planted in the house of God. A promise I cling to throughout the unknown: jobs, location, friends, the future, and health.
In the midst of whatever it may be, you and I are rooted in Christ. And just like grand old trees trust in their roots, so can we.
Some days, well most days, I desperately need that reminder.
When I gaze upon trees, I want to have their fortitude and strength. I want to put my trust in God forever and ever.
Lord Jesus, help this be true of us today:
“his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”
Is there a memory verse that roots your faith? Leave a comment.
About Amy Boykin Jones
Amy lives in Waco, Texas, with her cute hubby, Clark. Together, they make up the folk duo, O,Loveland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and ethics from Baylor University, and currently teaches kindergarden at a classical Christian school. She is a coffee-sipping, tree hugging, outdoor enthusiast and community connector. She loves cooking and singing with Clark, gardening, great conversations with friends, and digging into God’s Word. (She is Caroline’s delightful daughter.)