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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