A Tree

Psalm 1:3
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

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What a glorious day He has created, as I lift my eyes from the busyness of the day, allow my mind to focus on nature I hear birds exalting His name. I can see the blue sky with a few clouds that remind me of His ever-present and unending love. I am aware of the wind moving trees, rustling through the leaves – yet nobody knows where the wind comes from nor where it returns to. Only the King who created and upholds His creation. A creation that is alive and vibrant, bringing glory to the King by being what they were created to be. As a primary school teacher of many years, I am mindful of the cells, microsystems and life that exists beyond that which I can see with my bare eye. This microscopical world that I believe is even more amazing than what we can see. I think of the big Banksia tree that grows in our garden, a beautiful tree that attracts multiple birds that feed of the flowers and seed pods.

I think that we are a lot like trees, individuals with a definite purpose to fulfil. We are continuously growing, deep within us YHWH is strengthening us and pruning us. We all have different root systems that vary in depth and width. What people see may make them stare in wonderment. Trees that are not deeply rooted may not be able to withstand storms and pose a great danger to themselves and others. This signals the importance of being deeply rooted in Biblical truths, putting our roots down into the Living Water and drawing from this stream. A tree that is beside deep waters grows strong, producing healthy foliage, and bearing good fruit. Likewise, those that are in Christ will reflect His image. There are many verses that refer to trees, but Ps 1: 3 and Matt 7:17-19 provide analogies of our faith and walk:

Psalm 1:3
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Matthew 7:17-19
So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

A tree has its own ecosystem, it bears fruit, and disperses seed to promote the growth of other trees. Trees also offer shelter to those that need a place to rest by casting an unconditional shelter for those in need. I use the word unconditional as I have never seen a tree reject a bird or person from resting in its branches or beneath it. Are you someone that provides an unconditional safe place where a friend or neighbour can just be? Are you able to listen unconditionally, without judging?

Trees also prevent soil erosion by holding fast to the ground surrounding their root system. If a tree is not deeply rooted it is in danger of toppling when storms come along. We are similar, the depth of our spiritual roots and faith determines how we weather storms. Tall trees catch the most wind and in a forest trees grow up out of the canopy to reach the sunlight. This is a beautiful analogy to how we should be, deeply rooted in belief and faith so that we can grow strong and toward the Son. How tightly do you hold onto the Word of God, do you stand firmly on His Word?

Trees are a significant part of the air and water cycle. When man was created YHWH breathed the breath of life into Adam, and all living things. Oxygen is a component breath necessary for life and trees produce oxygen as a by-product!! Trees also transpire – this means they release water vapour into the atmosphere that they gather from the ground they are rooted in. Therefore, if we are rooted in the stream of Living Water we should be releasing life-giving by-products. We should be speaking and breathing Word of YHWH through His Spirit. Our actions and words should bring life to others, fill them with hope and love. Do you offer others a drink from the Living Stream that you are rooted in? Trees are air purifiers, they bring freshness. How about you? Are you a peacemaker, do you bring peace and calm? This aligns with the blog, “What fragrance do you leave?”

Trees bear fruit that varies in form, size, purpose, and nutrition. Some trees bear fruit for a season, others bear fruit for a very specific purpose but each tree has a life giving function. When a tree produces fruit it does not hide the fruit, rather the fruit is on display and provides nutrition to the hungry. This fruit produces seeds that are dispersed in various ways. Trees have a variety of fragrances, not only the blossom, but the wood itself has a distinct fragrance, some trees even produce oil. So should we produce and bear fruit according to the gifts of the Set-Apart Spirit. We are all one body, but made up of many parts. Being part of the body of Christ is NOT a competition, it is a lifestyle where we acknowledge the beauty of Yeshua in our brothers and sisters.

I pray Father, that my roots would be deeply grounded in Your Word. That I would draw from the stream of Living Water and that I would be a place of rest to those who need a moment of peace. Let Your Spirit within me produce fruit and foliage that brings You glory. When the storms of life come, may I stand firm, may I grow in strength toward Your Son. Prune me and shape me to grow in the way You desire, that I may serve You, and may the seeds that I disperse bring You honour and grow Your Kingdom. Amen