Today I want to share something I believe is on the heart of God for many of you who are concerned about what the future years of your life may bring.
Father wants to awaken dreams. He wants to restore an expectation of fruitfulness in your life, and He wants you to know, it’s not over.
As you surrender to Him and yield to His Spirit, the best days of life are ahead of you.
It’s Time to Rekindle Your Dreams!
This is a year of milestones. Recently, my husband Malcolm and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Soon afterwards, it was my 50th birthday. During times like these, by God’s grace, we reflect, rejoice, and look forward with anticipation to the future.
Our ministry leaders, David and Margaret McCracken are a tremendous inspiration to us. Recently at our Breakthrough Night, our team, along with family and friends, honoured them for 40 years in full time ministry.
Last year David wrote:
‘On October 30th I will be 65 years of age yet … I HAVE A DREAM!
Can I challenge you to seek Father’s heart so that He might place within you your dream and then let it burn bright! Nourish it, speak to it, meditate on it, let Holy Spirit breathe into it… let it burn bright!’
- If you’ve had a dream that now lies in the shadows, sapped of life, invite Holy Spirit to breathe fire into it again.
- If you’ve never had a dream because you have not felt worthy enough to dream, then reject the lie and embrace your true state as a son or daughter, and dare to dream.
- If you have a dream that has been miniaturised by false humility, embrace your royal heritage and let it explode into one worthy of the King you represent.
My friends, it’s time to dream and it is time to pursue your dream with a resolute gaze and an impassioned heart!’ 
The Promise of the Palm Tree
‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”’ (Psalm 92:12-15)
What does it mean to flourish ‘like a palm tree’? The psalmist was referring to the date palm, which was common in the region of Palestine in those days. These 5 lessons from the date palm encourage us concerning who God has called us to be, to the very end of our life on earth.
1. Remaining Strong
The palm tree grew to a great height, up to 75ft (23m) tall and reached the age of 100-200 years.
‘As your days, so shall your strength be.’ (Deut 33:25)
2. Abundant Fruitfulness
Throughout its life, the fruit of the date palm was produced every year, and in great abundance of clusters.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5,16)
3. Nothing Wasted
An amazing fact about the date palm is that every part of it was useful. The palm leaves were used to cover homes and as material for fences. They were also useful for making baskets and other items. Even the seeds, when ground, produced food for camels.
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (Romans 8:28)
4. A Testimony of Praise
The palm represented praise, victory and salvation:
- Palm trees were carved into the temple décor (1 Kings 6:29)
- Palm branches were used in the feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:40)
- Palm leaves were thrown upon the ground in front of Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem. (Jn 12:13)
- In Revelation, the great multitude of people saved from every nation wear white robes and hold palm branches in their hands. (Rev 7:9)
5. Planted in the House
In the New Testament context, being ‘planted in the house of God’ speaks of being firmly established in Christian community in a local church. We flourish, not in isolation, but together.
‘…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another… and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’ (Hebrews 10:25)
Strong and Fragrant like the Cedar
The psalmist also likened God’s people to the cedar; a tall, evergreen tree that produced a fragrant gum. Its wood was strong and long lasting, so it had many uses, including furniture and ship masts. Due to its qualities, cedar wood was used in the construction of the temple. 
We can joyfully embrace the passing of years when we read what God has declared in His Word! Like the cedar built into the temple, we have the privilege of being used by our Father to help build His Church and establish His Kingdom—and to remain strong where He has placed us throughout our lives.
 Find out about David McCracken on our website here.
 For references concerning the palm tree and cedar:
DAVIS, J.G. Davis Dictionary Of The Bible. 1972. London: Pickering & Inglis.
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary ([Rev. ed.], 2011 ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.
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