When I sang with my French chorale in Greece, we saw groves and groves of olive trees. Even though the soil at times seemed dry and the sun relentless, these trees thrived. Their twisted gnarled trunks and their evergreen tops dot the landscape and provide a versatile fruit.
I wondered why the Psalms used this image of the one who trusts in God’s unfailing love. In reading about olive trees I learned that it is known for its tenacity. It is grown in almost any condition and can thrive in great heat with minimal water. Some olive trees grow root systems 2000 years old! It is virtually indestructible. Even when cut down or burned, new shoots will emerge from the roots!
Trusting in God’s unfailing love makes me strong and indestructible like the olive tree! Being loved by my Creator gives me that tenacity to face whatever life brings. Knowing that His love will not fail me gives me the strength to thrive, regardless of my circumstances. His love is what makes life even possible.
Unfailing love is something supernatural. Even with the best intentions, my love for others routinely fails. Being so flawed, an unfailing love seems impossible. But God IS love. His love is from everlasting to everlasting. His love does not depend on my performance or my love for Him. It does not fluctuate depending on the day. His love is so wide and long and high that it surpasses knowledge (Eph. 3:18). And it is this unfailing love that makes me flourish like the olive tree.
I am amazed that you love me, Lord! Help me believe it today!