County 17 – Campbell County 

Father in heaven, we thank You for all that You provide. I stand amazed! I look to the world around me and I can see Your creation creates! Your provision is in constant motion! What You produced continues to produce! Wow! Thank You Father for the abundance in life! 

I’m inspired by a not so well known tree – the carob tree. 

I find it interesting what You did with this tree. A citrus tree bears fruit 1 to 2 years after its planted. An apple tree, 2 to 5 years after planted. But the carob tree! The carob tree bears its fruit 6 – 7 years after its planted! This really gets me thinking about the future. Planting this tree shows intentional thinking about beyond tomorrow. 

Then something profound happens! Once fruit bearing begins, it continues to do so for another 80 to 100 years! You have revealed legacy! A piece of wisdom given with each seed planted. Wisdom that continues to bear its fruit for 4 generations! 

Lord we thank YOU for the wisdom found in the seeds planted long ago! We thank You for the men and women who have lived life and learned from experience. 

We thank You for those who’s hair show a little different or a little less. We thank You for those who walk a little slower (on purpose). We thank You for the fruit being shared 70, 80, 90 and even 100 years after Your knit began. We thank You for the words of wisdom shared. 

Abba-Father may Your Devine grace fall upon those who’ve entered into the years of carob fruit bearing! May we honor and respect them with deep care! May we listen when they speak! May we show them – the efforts they’ve put into us! May we BE the generation they prayed for! Glory to You Father! 

May we think beyond helping someone across the street! Father is that not the price of admission, is that not the minimum? May we be sincere in our actions. May we take the pearls of wisdom they share and not be the swine! May we allow You to elevate our way of thinking! 

Thank You for these men and women around our great state of Wyoming! 

The time for change has come. In Jesus name we pray, amen. 

Credit photos to and Richard Collier, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Services.