I love trees. Throughout the yard twelve Crepe Myrtles in a variety of colors with showy flowers are beginning to bloom. The Live Oak, planted eight years ago, is now taller than the house. The Bluepoint Junipers are the perfect shape and size for Christmas lights this year. I found a stunning dwarf crimson Japanese Maple and planted it outside the kitchen window. The gnarled old Yaupon Holly could use an uplight to show off after dark.
I LOVE TREES! They make me smile. I don’t have enough room to plant all I would like to enjoy. My yard is now full — I must quit planting or we will be living in a deep dark forest, on a very small lot, in the middle of suburbia. If we had a few acres and a sparkling stream I would landscape a paradise.
Water, of course, is essential for healthy growth. I live in Texas and it gets very hot; many months of the year we have mandatory rationing of our water. Some of my plantings have suffered, some show signs of stress. Living on rolling acres with a constant source of water, perhaps a bubbling spring from a deep artesian well, where the trees are never stressed and the colors are vibrant from plenty of nourishment, well…that’s a dream to me. Imagining a place like that sounds a bit like heaven.
Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. ~John 4:14 NASB
Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done. ~Col. 2:7 NLT
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit. ~Jer. 17:8 NLT
What is your source of nourishment? How do you withstand the long months of drought? Do your leaves stay green and do you still produce fruit under stress?