Looking at my yard on a beautiful springlike day, all I want to do is get out there and plant some new and clean up some old. After the cold snap we had, a few of my plants look a little weary. Being in central Florida, we can grow tropical plants, but because our temperatures can sometimes drop below freezing, it is recommended that we landscape with plants that are within our zone. Right now, most yards look as though they didn’t adhere to that general rule of thumb. On the other hand, my yard is loaded with tropical plants, but because it is also under the covering of some giant oak trees, they were barely touched. As Christians, we are like tropical plants planted in a cold environment, but because we are covered by the large canopy of a grand old oak, Jesus, we are not only able to survive in this atmosphere, but we are able to thrive.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalms 5:11-12