The Olive tree-The Maker's Space-12/10/18

Our night of slowing down and drawing with pencil happened 12/10.
For those that came out of the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, found some peace and quiet slowing down and drawing an olive tree with pencil.  Much can be learned from the steadfast olive tree and the references to it in Scripture.

Primarily, the olive tree symbolized faithfulness and steadfastness.  Psalms 52:8 says, "But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;  I trust in the mercies of God forever and ever."

No matter what the conditions:  Hot, dry, cold, wet rocky, or sandy, the evergreen olive tree will live and produce fruit.  It is said that you can never kill an olive tree.  Even when cut down or burned, new shoots will emerge from its roots.  This Scripture passage reminds us that no matter the conditions of life, we should remain steadfast as the olive tree in the presence of God-evergreen {faithful} and bearing fruit.

Our theme this year is "like a tree" and how you are rooted and grounded will determine your fruit.
The twisted trunk of a tree that has had hardship shows us many things about our own lives and the twists and turns that life uses to shape us.  In reflection, we see how hardship makes us stronger and more resilient for the next storm in life, and there will always be storms.  How do we withstand the storms?  Can we grow and flourish anywhere we are planted?  How does drought make us stronger and our roots deeper?  What is the environment of the olive tree?


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