Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.

~The Ocean Series~ The Leaning Palm Tree


The large palm tree’s fronds rustle as the tree sways in the gentle breeze.  It curtsies as the wind blows near the coast.  

Have you ever wondered why palm trees bend toward the water?  Apparently it is for several reasons.  One is “phototropism.”  The trees reach for as much light as possible.  Water reflects the light, so the trees reach for as much light as they can get!.  Also leaning towards the water aids in reproduction because the current can carry the seeds away for dispersal.

Do we lean toward the light?  Do we want as much light as possible? Or do we turn away from the light because it might expose the darkness we find ourselves in?

Once the darkness is exposed to the light, that darkness has no power over us!  That is often really hard to admit.  Sometimes we prefer the darkness because of the pain that we will experience to expose it.  But once it is exposed…then God can bring that healing that we so desperately need, and the freedom in Christ is revealed.

Are we are deceived by the darkness?  Some trees lean precariously near the water because they are planted in shallow sand. Their foundation is not deep enough.  Are we planted in shallow sand?

That is the beauty of the Gospel.  God reveals Himself in everything around us if we just look and listen.  

I want to constantly lean toward the light…my source of nourishment….my foundation.  Jesus Christ, yesterday, today and forever.

Who is ready for a beach trip? I might need to study those palm trees!!

~Be Encouraged Today~


*personal graphics, AMP Bible

Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 60 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer and author... who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 44 years, married almost 41 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. AND...we became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl in 2018!! We also have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. My heart's desire is to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, which seem endless right now in 2020, HE is present and loves us unconditionally. Thanks for reading. ~Be Encouraged Today~

6 thoughts on “~The Ocean Series~ The Leaning Palm Tree

  1. Geesh I love you!!! ❤ I really appreciate your encouragement when even a happy-go-lucky gal like me gets a little down, 🙂 God is indeed GOOD to us! Amen


    • Yes He is….and truly it is in “giving we receive.” A little bummed yesterday evening and the Father allowed me to become who He designed me to be…and I felt better. It is a good thing”feelings” don’t dictate our faith!! I would be in trouble! Love you sister!!

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  2. I love this series! It’s amazing how many Biblical applications you can discern from the ocean. Blessings back,


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