“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Like a Green Olive Tree”
(Please read Psalm 52)
Have you ever experienced a summer snowstorm? One of the most memorable in the Denver area took place two days before the end of summer in 1995, bringing much damage along with wild, beautiful scenery.
Trees took a beating. Some were bent almost double with the weight of the snow. Thousands were broken and destroyed, while still others remained upright with practically no difficulty.
The trees with needles instead of leaves caught little snow and most were unharmed. Among the trees collecting lots of snow, those that bowed low seemed to shed their loads quicker and return to their upright posture without much harm. It was a third category that suffered the most damage — trees that caught lots of snow and stooped, but not low enough, and let their loads break them apart.
In some ways those trees were a lot like people reacting to disaster in their lives. Some are able to take it in stride and give God thanks for the strength he supplies. Sure, they are hurt, but like the man who built his house on a rock, they are prepared. Others, caught unprepared, are nevertheless willing to humble themselves before God and ask for strength to rise again. And others, though bent under the weight of sudden trouble, are too proud or thoughtless to seek God’s help; so they break.
When David wrote, “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God,” he spoke of one of the most beautiful and productive trees, and one of the hardest to destroy. May the Lord help all of us to be like that.