The Blessing of Trees

If you live in an area that is well forested (ie., lots of trees), you might not fully appreciate them.

Some people — myself included — like to be able to view the horizon, which is difficult to do with a bunch of trees blocking the view.

Don’t get me wrong, I like trees just fine. Especially on a hot Summer’s day. I really appreciate being able to sit in the shade of a mature tree.

I also love the wonderful scents fruit trees put off in the Springtime when they bloom; and again in the fall as their fruit ripens. And the glorious colors they turn in the Autumn are beyond compare!

Even so, I feel hemmed in and somewhat claustrophobic if I am surrounded by tress and cannot see off into the distance. I would rather be on a hilltop looking down over the trees, than to be down in the valley, in the midst of a forest.

I have heard it suggested that the Psalmist quoted above might have spent a lot of time in a treeless dessert, which might have caused him to become somewhat enamored with “the trees of the Lord,” particularly with “the cedars of Lebanon which He planted.”

The Bible abounds with references to beautiful things in nature, but the Bible writers never worship nature. Instead, they worship the Creator of earth’s nature; El – Shaddai.

It was in the spirit of the Psalmist of old that a once young American by the name of Joyce Kilmer wrote the following well-know poem:

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.

PRAYER: Gracious Father, just as you made the trees to provide a home for the birds, and to provide shade and food for both man and beast; so did you make me to be of some use in the world. Please help me to see that I am beautifully and wonderfully made in your image and that my God-given purpose is to be of service to others. Save me from the pitfall of uselessness and from the curse of unfruitfulness. Amen

SUGGESTED BIBLE READING: Psalm 1; Luke 13:6-9 

Author: Karl D Rhoads

I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ. I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002). I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus. My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.

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