|Posted by Amy Spear on September 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM|
Did you know there are over 40,000 types of olive trees! Crazy isn’t it!
“The olive tree, Olea europaea, is very hardy: drought-, disease- and fire-resistant, it can live to a great age. Its root system is robust and capable of regenerating the tree even if the above-ground structure is destroyed. The older the olive tree, the broader and more gnarled the trunk becomes. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be hundreds of years old, while an age of 2,000 years is claimed for a number of individual trees; in some cases, this has been scientifically verified.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive)
“Blessed are those who fear the Lord,…your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.” Psalm 128
Seems odd to say that your children are like olive shoots until you know a little something about the olive tree. To know that the olive tree grows well in dry soil means my children can with stand hard times, that they can still thrive and produce spiritual fruit while being tested by the sinful world around them, that as a parent who fears the Lord I can strengthen the roots of my children for generations to come. Not just my grandchildren but my great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren!
The olive tree is slow to produce fruit. In fact it can take any where between 10-15 years to produce solid fruit. Some times our children are slow to produce the fruit we long for, but in time the fruit will come. It takes diligent pruning and excellent attention but when it is all said and done the harvest will be well worth the wait!
God is good. He blesses those who fear Him and walk in his ways beyond what we could imagine!
Keep on pruning moms! God has a special seat at the banquet table just for you!