There are moments when all of us believe and feel like we are flourishing in our life. We can look at different areas of our life; our marriage, family, work, etc. and “feel” like we are flourishing. There are other times and moments that we may feel like these areas of life are a dead decaying wasteland. As Christ followers we do not live by our feelings. We live with an attitude according to God’s Word. This is not an easy task when floods of emotions and feeling come reigning down on our heart and mind. God says that His peace that passes all our understanding will guard our heart and mind in Christ Jesus. We have to turn our face and heart toward Him. As we are looking full into His face his peace washes over us and guards our heart and mind from these thoughts.
Psalm 52:8 says, ” I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.” God’s presence is where we flourish. his presence is where we thrive and grow. The olive tree produces flowery blooms as well as its fruit, the olive. When an olive tree is flourishing it is producing both. This comparison in Psalm 52 show us that if we remain in God’s presence we will produce flowery spiritual blooms and fruit. When we constantly remember to turn our face to Him, His peace overwhelms and we live in His presence. He is not looking for perfection but persistence. This constant attention on Him causes our heart and mind to focus on His unfailing love. We can trust that no matter what happens in life His love never fails. The gives us a place to flourish.
We think we flourish when the things in or life look right. We think when relationships, kids, finances, career are all feeling right we are flourishing. We just need to turn our heart and mind on God and His unfailing love. This keeps us in His presence. Then we flourish like an olive tree in the house of God!