Let Not Man Put Asunder
Product Description“The Love Trees” of St. Augustine, Florida
On a recent trip to St. Augustine, Florida, I came across two trees, affectionately called the “Love Trees.” One is a palm tree; the other is an oak tree. Upon seeing them I was held captive by the coupling of these two trees. I have long since learned that everything the Lord brings me to leads back to the Restoration of the First Covenant Relationship; so I took the time to examine the “Love Trees.”
Look at the base of the trunk of the two trees. The roots of the oak tree seem be wrapped in a loving embrace around the base of the palm tree. Then up a little higher you can see that the oak tree appears to be lending its strength as if to support the body of the palm tree.
I believe that it was not by accident that these two trees are coupled together. I believe that they were divinely planted together by God to be a memorial unto husbands and wives. First Peter 3:7 says, “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”
Then I thought about what if you tried to wrench the two trees apart? Well, you would certainly destroy them both. Not unlike when a man and woman come together in a covenant relationship, and then they choose to divorce, a wrenching must occur to pull the couple apart. God said "Let not man put asunder, for what He has joined together let no man separate.”
Another thing I find so wonderful about discovering the “Love Trees.” I did a word search in the Holy Bible on the palm and oak trees. It is fascinating how God describes the righteous, “They are like the palm tree; they will be like great oaks.” Absolutely fascinating!
In Psalm 92:12 (KJV):, God said, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like the cedar in Lebanon.” Isaiah 61:3 (KJV):, God said, “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his glory.”
Another factoid about these “Love Trees” is for more than one hundred years they have stood together in a covenant embrace. And yet after all these years the trees are still thriving as if they could say “Whatever may come; whether it is good weather or bad, fire or drought, birds, bugs, or worms we are just as committed to staying in this relationship as we were from our first day until the end of our days.”