Another unique characteristic of the olive tree, according to agriculturists, is that it grows better in light soil. The olive tree grows in soils that are not rich. It grows in soils that don’t have enough nutrients. It grows where other trees would rather not be. It grows where growth seems difficult. It grows where growth seems impossible. It grows in light soils that don’t have enough to facilitate its growth. It grows against all odds.
Friend, hear me as I hear the Lord: in that place that looks inadequate for your growth, God is causing you to rise against all odds. You will grow in the same places where others were stifled. You will increase in the same places where your downfall has been predicted. You will prosper in the same places that swallowed the efforts of others before you. You will flourish in the same environment that was inadequate for others to grow.
You are like the olive tree, and you can grow where there isn’t enough for you to grow. You have the ability to grow where other people cannot grow. You have the ability to prosper in places where the indices of prosperity are very low. You have the ability to do well where others fail to do well. You have the ability to flourish where others wither. You have what it takes to increase even when circumstances aren’t good enough.
It doesn’t matter if you are in a town where opportunities are limited; you will thrive. It doesn’t matter if you run a business where the clients seem rather few; you will exceed your expectations. It doesn’t matter if you are involved in a venture where people ahead of you struggled to succeed; you will not struggle like them; yours shall be success against all odds.
Success does not lie in your environment; it lives in you. Your progress is not in the hands of the economy; it is in God’s hands. Your survival is not dependent on factors that are for or against you; it depends on God. Take up the challenge of growing and thriving against all odds. You have what it takes, and you will thrive.