Trees

Trees

 

I think they are some of the most beautiful plant life on this earth. I have loved trees since I was a little boy.  I spent summers running through the woods, climbing trees, and chopping wood for campfires. My father would buy 2 cords of wood every fall for the fireplace and I was never told to go split the wood. I loved to. In the Boy Scouts we went to camp most summers and that was always in the woods. At every house we have owned we plant trees.

 

As we travel throughout the U.S. and Canada the trees are now budding out leaves and have beautiful flowers blooming. There are majestic trees almost everywhere. When we go through Washington and Oregon we see the coastal redwoods and pine trees. We have stood next to the Sequoia Redwoods. The pictures just do not tell the whole story. When you stand next to one of those... well, it is difficult to describe their beauty in words. Arizona has the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world. We have stood next to these and wondered at the beauty these creations of God have.

 

There are two sets of verses in the Bible I think of when I stand next to trees.

The first is Psalm 92:12. "The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon." The cedars of Lebanon are also majestic trees.  They are strong and tall. Their wood is beautiful and aromatic.  They have a beautiful scent to them. These are the trees that King Solomon used in the building of the Lord's temple.

 

Just as God supplies all that these trees need to grow He does the same for us. He gives us "all things the pertain to life and godliness." (2Pet1.3) He gives us Spiritual Light to grow - more than we need. Just as the trees need water He gives use our spiritual water - more than we need. Out of God's lovingkindness all that we need for our spiritual health and continued growth will always be there - more that we can ask for.

 

The second verse in Col. 2:6. "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."

We are to be rooted and built up in Him. Have you ever thought about the root system of a tree? The root system of the tree spreads out in the ground like the crown of the tree spreads out to the sky. If you have ever pulled a tree out of the ground you know how much the roots spread out and how many you have to cut to get the stump out.

This is what being rooted in Christ is. We grow our roots to get as much from Christ as we can. The more roots we grow - through being "built up in Him - the stronger in Him we will be. We abide in Him and He feeds us. We abide in Him and we grow. We abide in Him and He produces fruit through us. We abide in Him and we have life.

 

I think this is one of the reasons that God's word is described as living.

Could we be anymore blessed by His love than what He freely gives us?

 

From the road and in Christ,

wally

 




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