WE CONTINUE TO FLOURISH IN HIS GARDEN

But good people will grow like palm trees; they will be tall like the cedars of Lebanon. Like trees planted in the Temple of the Lord, they will grow strong in the courtyards of our God. When they are old, they will still produce fruit; they will be healthy and fresh. They will say that the Lord is good. He is my Rock, and there is no wrong in him. [Psalm 92:12-15 (NCV)]

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Bald Cypress – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Some of the old-growth cypress trees in Corkscrew Swamp are nearly 600 years old. They’re just youngsters compared to a bristlecone pine tree in California that’s still alive and growing at over 5,000 years of age. That’s nothing compared to a Norway spruce in Sweden with a root system that has been growing for over 9,500 years. Granted, these old trees aren’t that beautiful anymore; time and weather have taken their toll, but they still stand strong. If these trees can continue to flourish in their old age, I guess we can, too.

In God’s world, we are never too old to grow, blossom and even bear fruit. There is much we can share with those younger than us. More important, there is much we can still be taught by those both older and younger than ourselves. We’re never too old to learn something new!

Lord, help us all to continue to thrive in your garden and to bear fruit among your people.

Teach older men to be self-controlled, serious, wise, strong in faith, in love, and in patience. In the same way, teach older women to be holy in their behavior, not speaking against others or enslaved to too much wine, but teaching what is good. … In every way be an example of doing good deeds. When you teach, do it with honesty and seriousness. [Titus 2:2-3,7 (NCV)]