The variety of thriving trees that we see in Thailand continues to amaze me. There are so many flowering and fruit-producing trees that before living here, I never knew existed! While some only produce fruit during specific seasons, others produce fruit year-round.
Two of those year-round producers are coconut and banana trees. Both of which we have growing behind our house. From watching these trees, I decided that I want to be like a banana tree.
I know that’s a strange statement so let me share some of my Banana tree observations:
- They still grow in a drought.
- They won’t be stopped.
- There are new ones constantly sprouting up because they are all connected underground.
Is thriving in our current circumstance possible?
In these uncertain times, it can be easy for fear and worry to get the better of us. With all the questions with no answers, long days with no change, and the ever-evolving rules and guidelines, life can feel depressing.
We, like you, have had our plans disrupted. This month we had planned to move to Bangkok. Everyone was looking forward to our move as it’s been in the dream stage for so long! Then, all of this happened and we are flying in a holding pattern with so many logistical questions constantly circling our minds.
On top of that, we are still in a drought! I never would have guessed that a country that is usually so humid and green could be low on water— but it is! Our well is pretty much dry, and our village only has running water for a few unpredictable hours each day. As you can imagine, this has added a whole new level of difficulty to laundry, dishes, meals and showers.
We can all thrive like Banana trees!
There are moments it starts to wear on me. But then, I look out our kitchen window and see our little grove of Banana trees.
They are still growing even though my husband has cut them down several times. I’m not sure how they can grow when the earth is so dry, but they are! Not only are the old ones continuing to grow, but new ones also keep sprouting up!
I hope that through all of this that I too am continuing to grow. The ground is dry now, and so many circumstances are cutting us down, but we don’t have to give in to the fear and worry of the day. We can keep growing and producing fruit!
I’ve taken comfort in these verses:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
We don’t understand why certain things happen but we can trust God. He is faithful and will get us through these difficult times.
Thriving in a drought is possible! We can get through this!