The Significance

of the Almond Tree

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One day, in Amman, Jordan, while walking to my Palestinian Arabic class, I saw a brilliant almond tree before me. In spring, the almond is the first tree to blossom in the Middle East. To me, it represents hope for the region.

God likens himself to an almond tree. In Jeremiah 1:11-12, God asks Jeremiah what he sees. "I see an almond tree," Jeremiah replied. "You have seen correctly," the Lord answers, "for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled." You see, it's a play on words: almond and watching are virtually identical words in Hebrew. The almond tree is a "watcher" — it watches for spring to arrive. God is saying that he is a watcher also — he watches for his word to come true.

The almond tree represents hope for the Middle East, and hope in the power of God's word. That is why I chose it for this site.

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