C O V E R E D.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree...they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. - Psalm 92:12-14
This sounds lovely. Almost too lovely to be true, right? And I want that - to "flourish". To be and feel so vibrant that even as I step from one year into the next everything within me feels fresh and alive and bursting forth with color. But this - all of this - presents a huge problem for me.
I am not righteous. I try to do good...to be kind, to take care of my family, to work hard...but it is never - and never could be, enough. No matter how hard I try I have never been able to achieve "righteousness". I mess up. I make lots of mistakes and, well, I just fall embarrassingly short of pure righteousness. But. BUT. My story doesn't end there...
I know a guy.
I know a guy who is. He is righteous and good and pure - all of the things that I am not. And equally as amazing? He is love. The best, purest, most faithful love I have ever known. He didn't ask me to "shape up" and try to pull myself - my tattered and worn, weary and oh-so-tired of trying to measure up self - together before he welcomed me with open arms. No, he just gently asked me to come to him - as I am. He took my place on the cross, dying the sinner's death that I deserve, and then he covered me in his righteousness, as if it were my own.
Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, "Lord...?" - John 13:25
This is where I find life. This is the good life. One at rest in Him. I love the idea of leaning back against Jesus. I am not perfect, but as I draw near to my Savior I am covered by His grace. In our logo, the big palm tree represents Christ - and the little palm tree represents me... it represents all of us. He invites us to rest under a canopy of His grace. To abide - to dwell and remain - in His unabashed, unending love. It is there that I find rest and that my life becomes more relaxed, more simple as all of the little cares that often weigh me down slip away.
Cease striving and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10
I love the coast because it is a shadow of His amazing beauty and grace. At The Little Palm we say that "the grass is always greener under the palm tree". Not because of a certain lifestyle or because we think we have it all together - we don't. It's greener because He restores us. He breathes new life into us - the constant behind our sunny state of mind - come rain or shine. I can stop striving and take one big, deep relaxing breath as I find rest. He has done what I cannot.
He must become greater; I must become less. - John 3:30