Palm or Pineapple?
I love to walk at twilight. One spring morning I finished my three-mile jaunt listening to “How Great is Our God” playing in the background. The breathtaking dawn prevented me from going inside the house, so I extended my time with God on the front porch with a cup of coffee.
The morning chill was refreshing and my coffee steamed in the coolness of the morning. Lord, I’m thankful I can hit “restart” every morning with fresh hope, I prayed. I absorbed every sound and sight until my gaze landed on my potted palm tree.
Every spring, my husband prunes my little palm, but like a bad haircut, it looked like a pineapple with the crown lopped off. I thought of its lush palm blades that resembled beautiful green fans. I wondered if it would thrive again, but like every year, I knew new growth would emerge from this dead-looking pineapple.
Appearances are Deceiving
Sometimes circumstances can resemble my pruned palm tree, and it’s easy to be persuaded by appearances. Logic will tell us the situation is impossible. People will advise us to be realistic. Bad experiences will threaten our future with a repeated ill history. That’s when I remember my thriving palm tree that defies appearances because hope is alive at the root. In the same manner, hope is alive in us because we are rooted in Christ.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
Colossians 2:7-9 New Living Translation
Keep Hope Alive
Who is to say something is hopeless when we serve a mighty God.
Who is to say human reasoning is wisdom when God’s ways are higher.
Who is to say life’s detours are mishaps when God’s plan is at work.
Who is to say we are alone when God’s Holy Spirit is our Comforter.
Who is to say we are in need when God has given us eternal life.
Sometimes, life’s circumstances are hard. A failing business, a broken relationship, or unexpected family illnesses can defer our hope, but our hope is alive when we remember we are rooted in Christ.
The apostle Paul reminded us in Colossians to elevate Christ’s supremacy. The verse comforts me to use challenging situations as opportunities to deepen my roots in Christ. It prevents me from allowing circumstances to make Christ smaller and smaller until I lose sight of him.
Twilight is the time between night and day when the sun is still hiding below the horizon. There’s enough light to know it’s the start of a new day. During those moments, I remember God’s mercies are new each day. I may not immediately see God’s intervention, but he is at work and hope is alive because I am rooted in Christ.
Let’s not allow anything or anyone make our God small. He is our almighty God who loves us with unconditional love and will never leave us or forsake you.