life abundant

We have a small palm tree in our garden. It has a lot of green at the top. It looks like it is a healthy tree, but…

about 6 years ago, we had a gopher taking residence in our garden.

he was a squatter…

no respect, no rent paid, no thought of our yard, piles of dirt, dead flowers

should i go on?

One of the things he really enjoyed was the root system of our little palm trees. He would dig in underneath and chomp down on some fancy, tasty roots in the base of the trees.

One fell… dead… no hope…

We were sad. Those trees were hand-picked by the landscaper to highlight the edges of our garden. They were expensive, but we had made the decision to part with that money for the beauty it would bring to our yard. We mourned, but got over it and moved on…

The next one fell… dead… no warning!

That one hurt, we were now mad! That gopher was going down! What was he thinking? He could just move in and eat anything he wanted? No way! The hunt began.

we began to see less and less of him… less evidence of his presence… less piles of dirt…

“HA! we’re winning! he’s moving out!”

then one day…

he was gone.



our garden is coming back…..

there is one palm left.

the years have passed. the one palm in the front looks pretty, but seemed weak at it’s base. we think it’s fine, it has a lot of green on top… it looks fine from the outside…


what’s this?

there’s a hole in the base. he’s not growing. he looks alive, but he is dead. he still doesn’t know it – we didn’t know it. to look at him, he looks fine. the years have gone by. he stands. looking alive. looking fresh. never growing beyond this point, but never really dying either.

never advancing…

never changing…


i look at this tree each day, not able to throw him away, not able to let go, knowing that he is dead…

looking at this tree, i think to myself: are you dead? do you walk the same path every day, but never grow, never change? what is different about your life? do you have life? are you living the life you were meant to live? are you accomplishing your purpose? do you know the One who gives life? are you building relationship with Him and loving others each day? each day is a new journey, a new step, a choice to grow, to change, to experience or to not.

how many people do you see that are dead and just don’t know it yet?

we walk around, go thru life, do our daily routines, we look alive…

but we are dead.


“He who has the Son, has the life, he who does not have the Son
does not have the life!” 1 John 5:12

if you do not have the Son, you are dead, not “spiritual” – dead.

That’s some harsh reality right there. You must have the Son to have LIFE! Jesus said that He came to bring LIFE, not just daily existence, getting thru it, but LIFE ABUNDANT. He came to bring YOU THE LIFE. that YOU MIGHT LIVE!

“Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” Luke 24:5b
Why do you keep looking for life in dead places?

“I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly!” John 10:10NASB

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance
(to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10AMP

Again… are you DEAD?

Do you just get thru each day?

Today i prayed for YOU! to have LIFE MORE ABUNDANT! more filling, more satisfying, more energy, more enjoyment, more opportunity to live, to love, to hope, to experience joy in a new way. i prayed that you would be so filled with joy that no news, no reality, no hard situation, no person will be able to bring you down. i prayed that you would be happy beyond your circumstances, that you would have life abundantly fill each aspect of your day.

today i prayed for you…
and i threw that tree away
so that i might plant something that will have life more abundant
and i will think of you each day…
as i pray…

About todayiprayed

just a mom who was inspired to write some encouragement by a God who loves unconditionally and forgives abundantly. View all posts by todayiprayed

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