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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