The Survivor Tree

survivor treeRecently, my family and I visited the OKC bombing memorial while visiting family, just like we have done several times before.  This time was a little different as God began to speak to me surrounding the “Survivor Tree” that sits on the property of the memorial.  This tree started out as just a scrawny parking lot tree that was almost destroyed when the federal building was being built. This beautiful tree survived and continued to thrive, doing its job of shading cars.

In 1995, when the tragic bombing occurred and killed so many people, somehow this tree survived.  Although it was damaged and required some healing, miraculously, this tree again rose up and began to thrive.  The inscription surrounding the tree today says, “The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.”  As I reflected on this tree and the depth of what it represents, it reminds me of the unshakeable God that we serve.  May my roots be planted deeply in the love of Christ. No matter what happens in this world around me, I know that I have an unshakeable God that protects and sustains me.

“Blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green.  It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8

There are many things that are uncertain in everyday life, but there is one promise that I hold on to in times of trouble…blessed are those whose hope is in the Lord.  Hope in anything else brings anxiety, worry, striving, an overwhelmed spirit, and a lack of joy.

What are you worried about today?
Are you fearful about your current circumstance?
Are you overwhelmed today?

I want to yield a fruitful life and thrive no matter the circumstance. I want the testimony of my life to be that I was firmly planted and deeply rooted in Christ, how about you?  Let’s be fruitful, thriving women who radiate joy to the world!  🙂

This post was written by Amy Meek. To read more about her, click here

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