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  • Writer's pictureJohn Kim

Like A Tree

Psalm 92:12 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” During the course of our quarantine, the Singapore government kindly decreased the required prison term from 21 days to 14. We checked out of our hotel and came home yesterday. It feels like God just added an extra week onto my life, and man does sure feel good! I welcomed the creature comforts of a home-cooked meal and the extravagance of basic laundry. But this morning I realized that what I looked forward to most was some good ol’ quiet time with the big guy out in nature. This morning at MacRitchie Reservoir I found myself staring at one of my favorite trees and I found myself meditating on the importance of endurance. In the world of venture capital, we are taught to spot and nurture fast-growing sprouts. I believe God honors speed and intensity, but to make a lasting impact one must endure the test of time like these trees that live thousands of years. I have seen so many startups and VC firms grow incredibly quickly, only to whither like the multitude of saplings that never truly take root. Lord, I pray that you would make me like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season. The world moves faster and faster, and I seem to get busier and busier… to the point that an extra week seems to have added a lifetime to my days. But I commit to creating space for you, because aligning with your perspective allows me to stand the test of time with an eternal view. I love you. In your son’s name, Amen.

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