The Mayhaw Tree

July 17, 2004

Jeremiah 17:7-8 – Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they go right on producing delicious fruit. (NLT)

When I was a child, mayhaw trees grew down by the riverbank. In March, we would locate the tree by its bloom, then in May, go back and pick the berries for jelly. It made a fine jelly, with colours ranging from yellow to light pink to bright red to reddish brown. It had a unique aroma and a wild fruity taste.

The mayhaw is a member of the Hawthorne tree family, a wild native fruit. It is found along river bottoms and swamps from the Trinity River of Texas east to Georgia and Florida and throughout Louisiana. Originally a wet foot tree, developers have found it can adapt to drier, better-drained land and thrive in full sunlight. It has now been domesticated into family orchards and landscapes. The trees will produce for fifty years or more.

These trees have always reminded me of the trees that Jeremiah described as being like those who trust in the Lord. Their roots reach deep into the water, they are not bothered by heat or drought, their leaves stay green, and they continue producing fruit.

If we trust in the Lord and keep our roots anchored deep in the Spirit and the Word, our lives can remain fruitful, and we can continue producing.

Prayer: Lord, help us to remain anchored in You. Deliver us from the areas of drought and worry, and let us continue producing fruit for You. Amen.

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Ivie Bozeman <ivie@rose.net>
Thomasville, Georgia, USA

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