He’s Always Listening

How one woman persisted for 24 years to bring cherry trees to the U.S.

Posted in , Apr 28, 2015

Bee on a cherry blossom. Photo by Judy Royal Glenn.

On a chilly day, my friend and fellow-photographer Heather met me at the Botanical Garden of Georgia. My intention was to find the ruby-throated hummingbird, and when we could not find one, we decided to walk the Garden.

We came upon the Yoshino cherry trees that were popping at the seams with blooms. The bees were busy collecting pollen and nectar. Earlier in the week there were so many bees on the trees, it sounded like a beehive. Heather showed me a carpenter bee she was photographing. She said the bee was asleep because it was too cold to fly.


The Yoshino cherry trees are beautiful—I am thankful we have them. Back in 1912, the Japanese government gifted the United States 3,020 cherry trees. There were 12 varieties with the most being Somei-Yoshino.

A lady named, Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, was instrumental in getting the trees to the U.S. She tried for more than 24 years to get the trees here, but her request fell on deaf ears. The full story can be found here as to how the trees finally made it to this country.

The Father’s ears are always listening to our prayers and petitions. He is there 24/7. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1 John 5:14, ESV) The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17, NLT)

Imagine trying to accomplish a task for 24 years and being told no over and over again. Aren’t you glad Eliza did not quit trying?

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