“When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man’s food.“
I am a lover of God’s creation. What a delight it is to taste and eat fruit from the variety of trees He has created for us to enjoy. As enjoyable as a freshly picked peach can be, just as pleasurable is what one receives from feasting their eyes upon a healthy, beautiful tree that shades us from the sun. The stability and strength of a great tree speaks of God’s faithfulness and how often He has provided water and light so that the tree might grow and be a blessing in various ways. Its effortless growth reminds me that I often worry and labor when I should simply look up; for the Lord will provide all I need as well.
At our home we are blessed to have many trees and a few of them are quite tall. Each afternoon the winds pick up until there is a constant breeze upon the branches. Botanists tell us that the more wind a tree experiences, the deeper the roots will secure themselves in the earth beneath, even to a rock that is well below the surface if the winds are frequent and strong enough.
We can be encouraged and learn from this. The windy trials that push against you and me are not for our destruction, but for our growth. We may not be able to see the wind pass by, but we can be certain of its lasting effects. Even the sound of the wind can be a comfort when we realize all is in the hands of our Heavenly Father. Trust Him as He uses the elements and circumstances of your life to bring about depth, beauty and strength.
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