Trees

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I stared at this tree for such a long time on a recent trip to NE Thailand.

Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 3)

If we are awake, we learn more about the Lord from the natural world, than from the bible or any other book.

Take trees, for example.

There really is nothing like a tree.

It stands alone.

It provides shelter.

It provides food.

It provides protection.

Through photosynthesis, it ensures the cycle of life for all around it.

Its height is determined by the depth and strength of its roots.

It provides cool shade in the heat of the sun.

In winter time, it appears to be asleep or even dead, but it comes back to life in the spring.

There is rebirth and renewal.

Many varied creatures, great and small, all find a place here.

Watch the birds and the squirrels, and the insects, how their entire existence is so intimately and symbiotically connected to the tree that is their home.

It is impossible to consider them apart from the life of the tree. They are one with it. They run to it when they are threatened, when they are hungry, when they are cold, and when they are vulnerable to the world around them.

Everything about the tree speaks of life, and fruitfulness, intimacy and relationship.

And even in a deeper way, grace and love; for the tree asks little, perhaps nothing at all, of those that benefit from it.

It is silent but says so much for all those with ears to hear.

It is majestic and imperial, but yet so approachably humble.

There within its cool canopy of shade and quiet, you will find peace and covering.

The wind will blow the storms will rage.

But you will be untouched.

So today, put your books down and go walk among the trees.

Listen to all they have to say.

For they are trees of life,

Just as He is the Tree of Life.

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