Taken from Wait For It—photo by the.bialons

“When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.”‭‭ Genesis‬ ‭8:11

Peace. Hope. Victory. That is what the olive leaf from the story of Noah’s ark symbolizes. When the dove brings back that very real and physical representation of life, we are reminded that even in the most tragic of stories there is hope. There is healing. There is an olive leaf.

The olive leaf wasn’t the end of the story though, it was just the beginning. It wasn’t a sign that things were better—it was a sign that they would be. That’s what is beautiful about the story. This is not the part of the story when everything got easier. It’s the part of the story when God reminds us that there is always an olive leaf. There is always hope. Hope is not the end, it’s the beginning and anticipation of something new. We just have to be willing to send out the dove. We can’t have the olive leaf without the dove in this story—and we can’t have the peace we need in our lives without opening our hearts and hands to receive it.

Olivia.

My name can mean various different things depending on where you look for the information. No matter how far you dig though, it is always brought back to the same meaning—olive tree.

“The olive tree is a very strong tree capable of withstanding stress more than other kinds of trees. This tree is quite distinctive and unique because it has certain characteristics that make it one of a kind, the olive tree is drought resistant in nature and it has a very hardy and strong structure that makes it spectacular. According to legends, it was believed that when the olive tree was destroyed and burnt into ashes, the tree sprouted back to an incredible height just within a day. If you see the olive tree this can be a sign that you are willing and ready to face all of your trouble and face life situations readily. This can also be a sign that no matter what you are going through or whatever you are experiencing at the moment you will be able to stay strong and fight to survive at all cost. The olive tree is also a sign of love, peace, and harmony.”

How can I ever live up to that? Most days I certainly don’t—

but I want to.

So this is your friendly little olive tree reminding you that with the peace, promises, and power of Jesus, you can get through whatever you are facing. Yes you can. Within each and every one of our stories there is an olive leaf. So reach out your hand, release the dove, and wait for it.

Wait for the olive leaf.


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