Palm Trees in Snow

snowandpalmtreesMonday morning I awoke to a light dusting of snow here in the north Texas area. It was quite a surprise because the day before it had been nearly 80 degrees. I peered out our kitchen window to view what seemed to be a conflict of interest. A contrast if you will. There were my treasured palm trees with snow on them! I thought this odd at the very least. Palm trees in snow. It was at that moment God started speaking to me about contrasts.

Contrast:  1. To set in opposition two or more figures of a like kind, with a view to show the difference or dissimilitude, and to manifest the superior excellence of the one by the inferiority of the other, or to exhibit the excellence of the one and the defects of the other in a more striking view.

2.  To set in opposition different things or qualities, to show the superior excellence of one to advantage.

3.  The placing of opposite things in view, to exhibit the superior excellence of one to more advantage.

We are like the desert palm. Desert palm trees can be challenging. These trees thrive in hot, desert climates. Some trees can handle dry climates and extreme cold temperatures while others require more humidity and temperate climates.  There are many sizes, shapes and varieties.

Each morning and throughout our day we have choices, contrasts.  Which desert palm are we? Which choice exudes excellence? Our Heavenly Father has already given us the answer;

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. NOW choose life, so that you and your children may live.”  {Deuteronomy 30:19}

My way or God’s way? Which is more excellent? Which is more beneficial. Which one brings life?

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  {Isaiah 55:9}

How does this apply in daily life? Well here are a few examples the Lord gave me:

Choice…… Be busy/Be still? (note: there is a HUGE difference in being busy and doing God’s will!)

Answer….. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  {Psalm 46:10}

Choice…. Fix it/Faith (I struggle with this one DAILY! I’m a fixer!)

Answer….. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  {Hebrews 11:1}

Choice…. Hold grudge/Forgive (Another Biggie!)

Answer……. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  {Matthew 6:14}

Choice…. Shame/Grace

Answer…. One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.  {Proverbs 22:11}

How does one make the more excellent choice consistently? And please note that God knew we would struggle daily with making the better choices, that’s why He gave us the answer for this too!

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  {Micah 6:8}

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus! {Thessalonians 5:15-18}

So, here stands a beautiful palm tree with snow on it! Will it wither from the unexpected cold? Or choose to thrive knowing that its Creator wasn’t surprised or caught off guard from the snow. As a matter of fact, the Creator brought the snow to water His palm and make it stronger. Relying on the more excellent advantage.

Written by Kathy Easley

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