Sunday, November 25, 2007

the mighty sycamore tree

Growing along the stream banks in the desserts of Arizona were majestic white-barked trees that I had never seen before. I discovered they were called Arizona sycamore trees. Many of them had trunks that were more than four feet around...and they sent their gnarled limbs towering up in all directions. So how is it that this tree can survive and flourish in the Arizona dessert?

I'm thinking there's a reason these trees grow only along the stream beds. They've got massive roots and have a constant supply of water, no matter what kind of a drought they are facing.

Which brings to mind these words in Jeremiah 17:7-8...

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

Aren't those great roots?

It's a great tree that can withstand the harsh drought and heat of the dessert. May this strong and mighty sycamore remind me to trust God in every circumstance of life...and stay rooted in Him.

Enjoy your Sunday.


  1. Thank you for that Judy - I needed that verse in Jeremiah today. Great timing!

    The trees are beautiful, I love it! Hopefully someday I'll see them in person. I haven't been to Arizona much except to the Grand Canyon.

    Have a blessed week - you and your BLOG are always such a bright spot in mine! Thanks!

    Andrea P.

  2. Those trees are a wonderful illustration of the blessings of being rooted deep in the Lord.

    Have a blessed Sunday.

  3. And a brave one you are to be right out there amidst the roots that way! :) That's a wonderful verse and a beautiful promise.


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