We find that in Psalm 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper,” that Christians are compared to trees. There are several other references in the Bible where Christians are compared to trees. I find that very fascinating. I am very fond of trees and I really enjoy watching them grow and change their foliage throughout the different seasons.
I would also like to mention that in Isaiah 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified,” that once again the children of God are being paralleled to trees. In my studies I have found that there are numerous scriptures that mention trees and there are around twenty-five different species mentioned for specific reasons.
With this concept being established, I would like for you to think of yourself as a tree. What kind of a tree would you be? Would you be tall, short, flowering, an evergreen or even a fruit tree? Does it matter what kind of tree we are? I believe that whatever tree you can imagine yourself to be that the main question for us to ask ourselves is, “Are we growing?” If you saw yourself as a flowering tree, are your flowers bright and beautiful? Can you see yourself as a tall and mighty oak tree? If you pictured a fruit tree in your mind, was your fruit large and ripe? That’s the point that I want to make. No matter what kind of tree that you see yourself as being, God’s word declares that if we are living for Him that our leaves will not be withered and that our branches should be strong. Remembering that He is the true vine and we are but branches according to John 15.
Now I pose another question to you. Have you ever driven past a magnificent specimen of a tree and just had to slow down to admire its beauty? Perhaps you’ve been in our beautiful mountains and stumbled upon a mighty Oak tree or a peculiar shaped Beech tree that just takes your breath away. I know I have seen some beautiful trees in my life. I have some of my favorite types of trees in my yard. I love Maple trees, Weeping Cheery trees, Dogwood trees, Weeping Willows to name only a few.
I have seen several trees that I find myself saying, “I would love to have a tree like that in my yard.” Have you ever said the very same thing? Throughout our counties I have several trees that I purposely drive slowly by just to admire their beauty and majesty. However, I also have a stump in my yard that needs to be removed. I had a Bradford Pear tree growing and a storm broke that tree leaving only an ugly stump in its place. I could take a chance and guess that nobody has ever driven past my house and said, “Wow, I’d love to have a stump like that in my yard.”
So, my final question to you is, “Are you a tree that is growing and flourishing or are you a stump?” I think we should strive to have our branches strong, our roots deep and our fruit, flowers or berries ripe and ready. I hope this inspires you to consider the condition of your life and your walk with God.