The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the Lord;
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green.
Have you ever thought of yourself as “still flourishing like a palm tree?” Why would the Psalmist compare an older person to a tree, why the palm tree, and what did he mean? Why not an apple tree? It bears fruit; the psalmist says the “righteous will still bear fruit in old age”. The palm tree isn’t subjected to seasons, its color doesn’t disappear in the winter. No, the palm tree, so stately and strong, maintains a constant state of flourishing and color. It continually bears fruit and provides a respite from the heat of the day. Palm trees are strong, they’ve weathered many a storm throughout its life. Is this starting to sound familiar?
Growing older has many similar characteristics, like being strong, weathering many storms in life, being a place of respite for the younger generation. Growing older also offers an opportunity to constantly bear fruit by engaging in different adventures that fill up our soul and transform us more and more into the likeness of Christ. It isn’t all about giving things up and letting go. See yourself flourishing as you age (we all are aging). Find opportunities that bring joy to life; try new things, meet new people. Just think about Abraham & Sarah, having to leave the life and the people they’d always known and travel to an unknown area where they knew no one. They did so with joyful expectancy and God met their every need and filled their lives to overflowing.
What are some things you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the time? Make a list, talk over the plans, pray and ask God if this aligns with His will. Continue to seek out the Lord’s path for “such a time as this”. He always has something in mind. He calls us to a life of abundance; get out there and live in it!