A Tree Grows in the Desert


It may surprise you to know that this beautiful tree is smack in the middle of the Mohave Desert. It grows in the English Village on the banks of Lake Havasu, and is a stunning tree, as you can see. It fairly begs someone to climb to a perch on that long accessible branch.

There aren’t that many trees here at DJ’s RV Park, which is not surprising since there really aren’t many trees in the middle of the Mohave Desert anyway–rather a plethora of cactus and related plants. On our RV site, though, is an Orange tree, bearing at this moment the sum total of one orange, the size of its crop likely a reflection of the care given by previous tenants of the spot.

Actually, the Orange tree is tended by an automatic watering system, but a few days ago, when the temperature had spiked to more than 120 degrees, I noticed its leaves were curling and withered. I had hand-watered it before, but now Jerry and I snake a hose over to it, and let the water run long and deep. Since we’ve done so, its leaves have uncurled, and I believe I sense a definite “thank you” as I pass the little tree.

So then, I think of the magnificent writing in Psalm 1 and direct your attention to a few verses there:

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3

I want to be that righteous person who walks in God’s counsel, who shuns sin, and who loves to meditate upon the Word of God. I choose to be planted near a river–a spiritual river–from which I will drink long and deep.

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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2 Responses to A Tree Grows in the Desert

  1. aprdmomy says:

    It does indeed feel good when we tend a thirsting plant.
    A feeling of satisfaction to see the lifegiving water percolate through the dry dusty soil.

    I have neighbors who are thirsting for water that they know not of. They are dry and withered from the hot sun of sin. Do they see an oasis when they look at me? Can they tell that I drink of different water?

    Someday soon I will get to share this lifegiving water
    with a thirsting soul.

    Love you mom,

  2. Shirley says:

    Love you, sweet Bek.

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