To be like a tree ...

By ERIKA WRENCH
Posted 5/13/22

I was outside one afternoon recently enjoying the sun-filled warm day. Reminders were all around me that summer is quickly approaching. One thing that catches my attention this time of year is how …

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I was outside one afternoon recently enjoying the sun-filled warm day. Reminders were all around me that summer is quickly approaching. One thing that catches my attention this time of year is how quickly the trees appear so green and full. I do enjoy the shade of a tree on a hot summer day, don’t you?

It wasn’t long before something else about the leaves caught my attention. The dark green leaves were blowing around wildly revealing a lighter shade of green as the back of the leaves came into view. My husband always says a storm is on its way when you see the back side of the leaves. He was correct. A storm did in fact come and when it had passed I again observed the trees. Those around our home looked even more beautiful than before the storm. The trees around our home are mature trees. Over the years they have spread out their large roots in search of water and they have increased in stature. They are tall and beautiful trees that host many of God’s creatures.

Trees do many things for us. They clean the air, provide a cool breeze, provide shade to rest from our work and their branches hold those eager to climb. Trees may even have a swing or treehouse using their strong and sturdy branches.

Trees know where to look for nourishment and refreshment. The scriptures have much to say about trees. A strong tree is planted near water and those that aren’t stretch their underground roots to find the water they need to thrive. I love what Jeremiah 17:7-8 says about a tree.

Just as a tree must have strong roots to weather the storms of life, we, too, must root ourselves to a strong source that allows us to withstand the storms we will face.

Read Ephesians 3:16-19.

The roots of the trees are working in the dark soil beneath our feet. That is nothing short of a miracle and we should not miss the miracles that are all around us every day. Matthew 13:6 reminds us that if we have no root the sun will scorch and we wither away.

As I look a little into the scriptures found about trees in the Bible I remember the story of Zaccheus. He was a man of short stature that wanted to see Jesus, but could not fight the crowds gathered to see him. He found a tree and perched himself on a limb just to see Jesus. Jesus took notice of his determination and called to him from the ground below. See the story of Zaccheus in Luke 19:1-10.

We would do well to be like the trees — rooted deep so we can be nourished and strong.

To be like the tree in the story of Zaccheus would mean that we do our part to help others see Jesus. Faith that is rooted in Christ will lift others up and allow them to see the one who came to seek and save the lost.

Oh, to be like a tree!

Erika Wrench lives in Godwin. Reach her at naw819@yahoo.com.

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