Spiritual Trees

Karen Epp

It Is Spring, Have You Planted Your Tree?

Spring has come early to our part of the country. The weeping willows have leaves. The red buds have bloomed and the Bradford pear trees are beginning to look like huge cotton balls. There is something meaningful about planting a tree. When you plant the tree, you never think you will see it in its full growth. It is a long growing process. You will probably never see its full potential growth but you do see it grow a little bit every year. What about your spiritual tree?

Scripture in Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17 speak of a person like a tree. It is planted by streams of water so that it can have deep roots. Your tree can handle drought, heat or any weather when the root system is sound. It will continue to grow.

Our spiritual tree is also important. Do our roots grow deep? Do we drink from the spiritual stream? When we become distracted and want to go our own way, or our heart turns away from the Lord, we become more like a dried up tumbleweed than a beautiful tree. Keep our hearts and minds centered on Christ. We then can prevent distractions and barrenness that can kill “our tree.”

The Lord watches over the way of the just. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. Psalm 1

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