Brendan and I were visiting a friend today.
In her garden is an ancient olive tree. It has a knarled and thick trunk. There are young trees springing up around the trunk from olive seeds that took root. The olive tree is symbol of peace. When invaders conquered a region in ancient times they cut down the trees. This olive tree has remained standing.
Here is the view out the front of her home.
Her garden is a peaceful place, a little bit of heaven on earth. As I walked through the garden and discovered the olive tree and took in the beautiful view, I was reminded of some verses from Proverbs,
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.”
Proverbs 3:13-18 KJV
Today I was walking along paths of pleasantness and peace.