According to Psalms 92:12, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” We are reminded of the promise of growth, flourishing and domination for the righteous. To “flourish like a palm tree” means to stand tall and to live a long life. While remaining useful and productive for a long time. Do not restrict the promise of flourishing like a palm tree to a religious context. To flourish like a palm tree literally means to live a productive life, to have the same impact on your community’s economy as a palm tree.
That’s all well and good, but we often overlook the process. It takes about four years to five years for palm trees to produce fruits suitable for harvest. The palm tree reaches its full bearing at ten to fifteen years. Each tree will then continue to produce fruit for up to 30 years, at which point they will have grown to around 40 feet tall. If you want to live a long and productive life like a palm tree, understand that it will take time. A useful and productive season must be preceded by a season of proper planting and growth.
Understand and accept that, like a palm tree, it may take up to five years before you can monetize your knowledge and skills in any meaningful way. Understand that becoming a huge success could take up to ten years. Trust the process if you want to be stately, upright, useful, and fruitful. Seek to be properly planted, and then commit to growth. Many years of discipline, focus, and training are required. Then you become economically relevant. Even if you die, you leave a legacy behind. You can have a positive impact on your country’s economy. You can flourish like the palm tree.