The Almond Tree
Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” Jeremiah 1:11-12 NKJV
The Almond tree is known as the wakeful tree. It awakes from the sleep of winter earlier than other trees; it flowers in January and bears fruit in March—first to bloom and last to bear fruit. It is a symbol of God’s early implementation of His plan and purpose, to bring it to pass in your life.
No matter what your condition, i.e., sickness, distress, lack, problems or turmoil, everything that God says, He will perform; every promise He makes, He will fulfill, so never give up on God and His Word— just stand on His promises! Like the almond tree that was first to welcome the spring, to watch over it, God watches over His Word to perform it, so always remember the almond tree.
When God said to Jeremiah that He is ready to perform His Word, literally, God was saying that he was ready to watch over and hasten the manifestation of His Word. Almond (shaqad, Hebrew) is translated “to watch.” God chose this symbol to assure Jeremiah that He is watching over His Word to bring it to pass, no matter His youth or how long it takes.
The Almond tree and its branches is like a “receipt” for God’s “lay-away” plan, if you will, because His works are already finished (Heb. 4:3). It’s just a matter of time when the things that He has prepared for you will manifest in time and space (1 Cor. 2:9). The almond tree reminds you being the first tree to bloom and the last to bear fruit.
God’s Word, plan and purpose will always come to pass (Matt. 24:35). Why? Because, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Eccl. 3:11). Don’t ever give up. Hold on to the promise because your winter will be over and your spring shall begin. God makes everything beautiful in His time.” God executes His plan and purpose in Kairos not Chronos. Chronos is a space of time; Kairos is the set time or proper time based on God’s eternal plan. God will never stop watching over His Word to perform it (Jer. 31:28). Remember the almond tree!