Today’s Scripture: Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalms 92:13

At the moment, I am staring at a maple tree. It’s about 15 inches in diameter at the base. It has several large scars where limbs were cut off or broken. It appears to have been struck by lightning about 20 years ago because of a long vertical scar. Despite everything the tree has obviously been through, the lush green leaves indicate the tree is thriving.

There are a few dead limbs here and there, but overall, the tree is in excellent health.

God uses trees in scripture to illustrate the long-term happiness of the faithful Christian. Those who meditate on God’s Word will be like a fruitful tree planted by a river (Psalm 1:3). One day, Christians will eat 12 kinds of fruit from the tree of life in the new earth God will make (Rev. 22:2).

Why does the maple tree in front of me have scars? One reason is because our grandparents invited sin into the world (Genesis 3).

Every person alive picks up scars along the journey one way or another. Perhaps your scars are from choices you made, or maybe they are from what someone else did to you. Either way, like this maple tree, don’t let the scars keep you from thriving. Don’t let a couple dead branches keep you from putting all your energy into life. Setbacks didn’t stop this maple tree, and they shouldn’t stop you.


Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan