16-04-20 Planting Trees
A Bible Reading
And the Lord made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9)
As we sat in our garden last week, we looked to the lawn where there was a line of hapless plants, none of which had bloomed. I was asked whether I had planted them in their preferred location and at the right depth. Probably not. Two years previously I had hastily removed bulbs from the garage into the ground. Catherine’s advice last week in Growing Seeds sprang to mind.
I prefer to plant trees. They are more tolerant of the ground conditions and more forgiving of lax maintenance. Trees stand imperially through the wind, rain, snow and frost, and grace us with shelter and fruit through the seasons. Trees project an aura of peace and longevity. Trees provide us with that essential ingredient for life - clean air to breath.
Through his sacrifice on the cross, Jesus provides us with shelter from sin, a peace that endures, and the necessary ingredient for true fulfilment of life. With Jesus in our lives, we can withstand the severest of tests, sure in the knowledge that adversity has already been conquered.
Just as the trees in my garden will continue to look majestic when the storms have blown over and the sun returns, so each day we can look up and reflect on God’s generous promises to us. The tree of life stands forever in the garden of Eden and in the new Jerusalem.
Dear Lord, we thank you for the garden that you have created for us, that your love is unconditional, and that your peace endures in us forever.