Elastic Band | Week Thirty

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.’

In high school, I struggled with flexibility. I desperately wanted to control everything in my life. It’s only recently that I realized that the root cause of it was because there was one thing in my life that I couldn’t control: my hearing loss. 

Fast forward to when I finished high school and did my gap year. We had our training for the first four months on campus in Pretoria, and then we toured South Africa for 7 months. But before we went, our tour leader sat us down and told us, ‘Every week, we’re going to be in a different town, a different school, and a different church. It’s going to be tough, and your flexibility will be tested.’

As soon as she said that word, I knew that I was going to be stretched like never before. 

‘Being flexible is like an elastic band,’ the tour leader said. ‘An elastic band is tough, easy to use and it hardly ever breaks.’

‘I have in my hand an elastic band for each one of you,’ the tour leader continued. ‘I want you to put it on your left wrist, and keep it on for the next couple of months. May it be a reminder to be flexible, no matter what happens.’

And so I did that. We were a tour group of 50 young adults, and life on the road turned out to be tough, but fun as hell. Fun because I chose not to take everything seriously, go with the flow and just laugh at all the hiccups.

This week, I shared a prophetic word with the JSSM students at Global Leadership Academy. As I shared this word, I was once again reminded of that elastic band that had worn when I was 19 years old. And that lesson has stayed with me since and helped me through numerous seasons in my life where I could’ve broken, but because I was flexible like the elastic band, I came out stronger than ever before. 




‘I believe that the symbol for this term is the PALM TREES. Jeffrey’s Bay is full of palm trees, and whenever I think of this town, I immediately see palm trees.

The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. It also symbolizes victory with integrity, and this term our characters will shine through. We will be victorious in areas of our lives because of who we are and what we carry.

Palm trees are incredibly flexible when it comes to wind, rain, and storms. It never snaps but gets right back up again. It’s agile, stable, and stubborn – a good sign of a strong backbone, and its roots are firmly planted in the ground. I declare this over each one of you tonight.

Whenever you see a palm tree in the next few days, do yourself a favour and stand underneath one, and look skyward to see the leaves catch the wind. 

Psalm 92:12 says, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar on Lebanon.

Palm leaves are also a rich source of zinc, which speeds up the recovery time for wounds. Wounds that are meant to take a long time to heal, will heal speedily and it will be an accelerated process. 

Palm leaves are also a good source of beta carotene that helps to improve vision. Your vision will be restored this term, and you will see far ahead and you will see clearly.

You’re going to be like a palm tree because when the storms of life blow, you are going to come right back up stronger than before.’


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