A Tree in the Desert

One of the things we love about Africa is the seemingly constant visual reminders of God's truth in scripture. There is something powerful about reading His word and watching it come to life as we drive through the countryside and villages. Markets, shepherds tending flock, whole families living together, the list goes on... Reading in Psalm this week and a picture came to mind that I knew we had from our last trip to the communities. We drove up a hill to visit the site of a new office for 410 Bridge and to look over the Kiu community. Ngaamba is a dry place for most of the year. The dust coats everything, everywhere and drought is no stranger to the people there. As our bus wound around the curves of the dusty road, a tree caught my eye:

Something about the strength and the purity of color struck my heart and this is why:

Psalm 1:1-3 (The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked)

vs. 1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, 
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
vs. 2 but his delight is in the laws of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night. 

vs.3 He is like a tree

planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, 
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. 

To those who follow Christ, this is beautiful imagery of the restorative strength, beauty in the midst of ashes, and the nurturing power of our Lord and Savior! Praise God that He is our source of life, not the men of this world, and not by our own accord. He alone is God and He alone can offer us true salvation! ~Amen