When planning my business and choosing a name, I wanted depth and meaning behind what our community would represent. Building this organization from the ground up, it was always as I followed the lead of Jesus.
One night I sat up late, praying and asking God to bring to life the vision for our team. Since it was He who had pressed me to start sharing these blessings with other families, it had to be He who helped to bring this vision to completion. Thumbing through a catalog of essential oils and wellness tools, I stumbled across myrtle essential oil: great for beauty, wellness and skincare needs (which if you know me, you know I love!!). I knew I had heard of this oil before so I decided to dig a little deeper into it's meaning.
Here is what I found....
"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." -Isaiah 55:13
The prophet Isaiah uses the myrtle to illustrate life and fertility as he prophesies it growing - instead of a plant that symbolizes dearth and drought. This was definitely a new lifestyle each one of us were pursuing-full of so much life that I believed we should be living in abundantly! The myrtle tree is an EVERGREEN, characterized by leaves clustered so densely that the branches can’t even be seen. It reminds me of the descriptive words of the Psalmist when he wrote:
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." -Psalm 1:3
Also the prophet Jeremiah:
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and that shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." -Jeremiah 17:7, 8
The imagery of those metaphors is strikingly similar to the myrtle tree. It is always green and has a strong root system that keeps it going even during dire times. Even when cut down to a stump, its roots cause it to sprout again. I have found this to be true many times throughout my life and especially in my journey as an entrepreneur. Though hard days come, we spring up and sprout again.
"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant." -Job 14:7-9
The myrtle tree grows slowly, and starts out as just a small shrub, but when it matures it is great in size and nothing like the shrub it was when it started. The massive trunk of the full grown myrtle tree is actually several stocks that have grown together over time to make one great tree. The comparisons abound between a Christian and this remarkable tree, and it felt like the perfect fit for what I wanted our team to be.
It becomes strong by joining with other trees and becoming one, much like we become a part of the body of Christ—one body with many members (Romans 12:5). Sometimes the Christian is cut down to what looks like nothing, and it can appear to be the end of his/her story because of the tragedy or misfortune that has befallen them. But because those roots run deep, eventually signs of life will begin to emerge again, and the child of God will resume growth and vitality (2 Corinthians 4:7-11). There is always hope, there is always life, there is always something to believe in.
The way our team grows is also much like this: one tree, one source of life, with many branches that grow and intertwine together. We have many women sharing wellness, sharing friendships, walking along side of each other. Some growing businesses (branches) of their own-yet we find our home here, where our roots run deep.
Roots that run deep speak of being entrenched and having a firm foundation so that nothing sways or moves us. We are purposed with one vision and with a future of abundance in mind. When the water on the surface has dried up, the tree that is rooted will still draw water from deep within the earth that will sustain it. We are unstoppable, unwavering, with a thirst that will draw deep for quenching. When the surface seems dry and barren-we keep digging deeper for the blessings that lie within!
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." -John 7:38
Those roots are what led me to the most important lesson the myrtle tree conveyed to me: the beauty that comes from the diversity we each bring. I learned that the wood of this tree is used to make a variety of beautiful furniture pieces and decorations carved by craftsmen- just like we create a variety of beauty with each member of this team. The beauty of myrtle wood is that it varies in color and design because of where it grows. As the roots draw minerals from the soil, those minerals color the wood, giving it its beautiful variety of colors. This variety enables it to be used in all kinds of settings because its versatility lends to it being able to work well with other pieces that may already be in someone’s home. You see, we each have different needs, different homes, but this wellness lifestyle, who we are and how we share in these blessings, has a way of working with each and every one of us. It compliments, not competes -and that's what makes us different!
Lastly, the myrtle tree has a myriad of grain patterns. I read that each tree’s pattern is developed by the things that occur in its surroundings. So each storm, and each draught, every adverse condition and every pleasurable season, contributes to the beautiful design displayed in the wood of the myrtle tree. When it is molded in the hands of the craftsman, it becomes a beautiful creation. Pieces made from this wood often become treasured heirlooms because of the years of growth that took place to get the wood to maturity, before it even began the process of being molded into what it was to become.
Likewise, we go through a process before we reach the finished product that God had in mind before we were ever born. We grow through various storms and adverse conditions in our lives, and sometimes things happen that cut us down to where it feels like we are starting over again. We also experience immense joy and rich blessings that bring our lives fullness and depth. Each of these things contribute to the raw beauty of who we are. Our experiences have shaped us, and given us a different perspective than anyone else. They make us moldable to the God who can shape us into a vessel that serves His purpose.
When I read this, I pictured us as myrtle trees, uniquely made, planted in rich soil, saturated with the Word, drawing from an unending source of strength and wisdom for every situation. This believer is equipped with everything needed for every purpose for which God intends to use them. It's already within us-How often do I preach this to my girls!!
I believe that God’s hand was as much involved in the making of this team as it is now in the way that we continue to grow and flourish. Since no two purposes are alike, it makes sense that the circumstances and conditions we come through to get to this space are also as different as each of us. And now we gather together, here. We can’t really compare ourselves to one another, because each of us is unique and created for a unique purpose. Where we are planted, and the environment in which we grow were all planned out by God, contributing to the finished product we will become.
That being said, I am so grateful that you are here, that we are all joined together as a unique and special community of women, for a cause greater than just re-purposing our homes, but creating a better future for our families.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28
So find your roots and gather here. Come join us Under The Myrtle Tree.