The Palm Tree

There stands a solitary palm tree on a narrow strip of land on the bank of the Choctawhatchee Bay. This tree is short in statute and rather than standing tall as trees are intended to do, this tree leans over. So bent over is this tree, it is hard to believe that it can remain standing. It seems to defy gravity. But somehow it remains standing.

Somewhere along the way, as a young tree, it was blown over by a strong wind perhaps during a hurricane or just a constant strong wind blowing in from the sea. Somehow its roots remained in place and it continued to receive nourishment enabling it to grow and flourish.

It was blown but not destroyed and although it does not stand tall, it still lives to bring joy and wonder to those who see it.   As it leans in the sunshine and the rain, it is a testament of strength and perseverance.   God continues to give this little tree life in spite of the continuing circumstances of strong wind and rain.

Our life is like this little tree. Circumstance of storms and testing may come our way,  but with our roots grounded in Jesus,  we can withstand whatever comes our way. What seems like un-survivable situations in life and during times when we feel we will be crushed by the strength of the winds of adversity,  Jesus and only Jesus can calm the storms of life. He has the power to do so.  Will you allow Him to calm the storms of your life and give you peace?


Psalm 107: 29 “He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.”

Psalm 1: 3  “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”

Luke 8: 23-25  “But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”


Sandra Hardage